Oakland International Reports Strong Passenger Traffic for First Month of 2016
Upward Trend Continues for Airport with 8.7% Passenger Growth in January
Oakland, CA - February 29, 2016: With more flights, new destinations, and a terminal renovation underway, Oakland International Airport continues to trend upward into 2016. According to reports for January, total passenger traffic at the airport reached 843,073, up 8.7% from 775,420 total passengers in January 2015, based on 5.8% more operations and 5.7% more seats.
Compounding this growth is the fact that the numbers entering 2016 build on an 8.4% increase from January 2014 to 2015, which translates into passenger traffic growth of 15% in just two years.
After its first full year and first million riders, the rail connection to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) saw an 8.3% increase from January 2015, with 74,361 riders in January 2016.
Air freight at OAK remained stable with a slight decline of 0.4% in January.
Acting Aviation Director, Kristi McKenney, attributed the January numbers to the public’s response to a thriving Bay Area economy and the Airport’s added services. “We are very pleased to see the numbers posted as we entered 2016, and that they are consistent with the growth from the previous year. It confirms that the Airport’s growth is sustained, and we look forward to continuing on a growth trajectory.”
Oakland International expects further growth as it introduces nonstop flights to London-Gatwick in May on Norwegian Air, and nonstop service to Reno-Tahoe and St. Louis this summer on Southwest Airlines.
About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth largest airport in California and second largest in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 11 million travelers each year, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues. It is also the closest for most local residents.
The airport now offers air service to 53 destinations 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.
For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details on shopping, dining, transportation, and more, visit www.oaklandairport.com.
About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, 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. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.