Oakland International Punctuates Growth Trend with Strong Start to 2017
Airport Reports 7.8% Passenger Increase in January
Oakland, CA: (February 23, 2017) – With a record number of destinations, increased flight options, and terminal renovations underway, traffic at Oakland International Airport (OAK) continues to trend upward into 2017. January reports indicate total passenger traffic reached 908,898 for the month, up 7.8% from 843,073 total passengers in January 2016. This constitutes the 38th consecutive month of year-over-year passenger traffic growth for Oakland International.
A 39% increase in international passenger traffic is mainly attributed to Norwegian Air Shuttle, which commenced service to London-Gatwick last year and increased frequencies to Stockholm this winter. The airline continues to grow at OAK with the start of service to Copenhagen in March and Barcelona in June.
Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland said, “We are very pleased to have had such a strong start to 2017, and that we’ve been able to maintain the momentum experienced in 2016. More than a half dozen new routes are recently underway or are soon to begin.” Adding, "The effort to develop sustainable and successful growth with our airline partners is never ending, and we are particularly focused on the high-demand east coast and midwest destinations which are under-served from the East Bay.”
The airport, along with its airline partners, has announced several upcoming new and expanded routes, including Copenhagen, Baltimore, Detroit, Newark/New York, Barcelona, and – beginning March 28th – London-Gatwick on OAK’s newest carrier, British Airways. New service on Southwest – its first ever international flights from the Bay Area – began this month to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, Mexico.
The San Francisco Bay Area region is the third busiest US air service market on an origin and destination basis, and Oakland International is the second busiest airport in the region.
About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 12 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.
Oakland’s air service roster to over 60 destinations is scheduled on 13 different airline brands – seven of which operate with OAK as their sole gateway into the San Francisco Bay region.
The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by The Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.
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