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Summer 2012


OAK Passenger Traffic is on the Rebound
Six Months Ending June 30, 2012 vs. 2011


New OAK-DFW Flights on Spirit Airlines in Spring 2013


Improved Transcon and International Connections

Within a year of launching service at Oakland International Airport (OAK), Spirit Airlines announced plans to continue growth here. Spirit will begin daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in spring 2013. 


The Spirit flights, on modern Airbus A320 aircraft to begin April 25, are conveniently timed, allowing for late-night travel and arrival in time for the next business day or connecting flights from DFW. OAK departures are at 12:30 a.m., arriving DFW at 6:00 a.m. Flights depart from DFW at 11:15 p.m., and arrive to OAK at 12:45 a.m., the next day.

"It is great news for travelers to and from the San Francisco Bay Area that there will be a truly low-fare option for nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth," said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland, which owns and operates OAK. "It is even better news for OAK in that the new nonstop flights bring service to this large unserved market, with convenient connections to Spirit's system beyond DFW."


Considered by many to be the most profitable airline in the US, Spirit began serving OAK with daily nonstops to Las Vegas in August 2011. Spirit offers its unique brand of low fares, high value, and ala carte pricing in the San Francisco Bay area exclusively at OAK.

OAK-Europe Flights in Demand this Summer
We've Got Your Ticket To Amsterdam And Portugal


ArkeFly's inaugural OAK-AMS flight received a water arch bon voyage in June.

The terminals are bustling with activity this summer as OAK travelers arrive from and depart to a record high 41 cities, including two in Europe. In Terminal 1, boasting a freshly renovated international arrivals area, ArkeFly and SATA are contributing to the season’s excitement.


Through the OAK gateway, over 500 inbound international passengers arrive on ArkeFly's twice-weekly flights from Amsterdam to the Bay Area each week. The average visitor stays up to nine nights, with an overall estimated $5 million in economic impact to area tourism during the 18 weeks of scheduled service. 


Bay Area travelers are enjoying their departure from OAK to Amsterdam, as the largest city in the Netherlands is an exciting and desirable destination in itself, and is a great connecting point to many other European cities. ArkeFly uses B767-300ER aircraft which seat 283 passengers in three classes.


SATA's weekly nonstop service between OAK and the beautiful Azores islands in Portugal have resumed for the summer season through Sept. 30. The Sunday flights arrive OAK at 2:40 p.m. and depart at 4:15 p.m. on Airbus 310 aircraft that seat 222 passengers.


The Azores are a hiker's, walker's, or cyclist's paradise, waiting to be explored. Ribbons of road twist along black rock sea cliffs with stunning views of the green-blue ocean. The islands are dotted with tiny towns with local cafés where the menu is whatever the fishing boats brought in.

OAK Marks 85th Anniversary, Celebrating Birds of Paradise, Then and Now


OAK is celebrating 85 years of flight this summer and the importance of service to the Hawaiian Islands, both then and now. The first transpacific crossing by air, from OAK to Oahu, was on June 29, 1927. The Bird of Paradise, flown by Lieutenants Hegenberger and Maitland, took 25 hours, 30 minutes. Today, that same flight takes just 5 hours on our six daily "Birds of Paradise," on Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines, to four Hawaiian Islands.


Both Hawaiian and Alaska are offering attractive, end-of-summer fares as low as $400 roundtrip to paradise. Bay Area travelers are responding favorably to the 1,000-plus daily seats to the Hawaiian Islands from the OAK gateway, which offers easy airport access, excellent customer service, and on time flights. 

New and Improved Wi-Fi for OAK Travelers
Faster Speeds, More Options, Still Free  


OAK has partnered with Advanced Wireless Group (AWG), the largest provider of free airport Wi-Fi services. OAK knows that every traveler has varying Wi-Fi needs, and under AWG's hybrid service model, customers have the option to choose between complimentary, sponsored Wi-Fi sessions of 45 minutes in length after viewing a 30-second commercial, or selecting a premium speed, advertising-free service for a nominal fee.

AWG's significant investment in Wi-Fi infrastructure at OAK is critical to support the explosive growth of mobile devices and the increasing use of video by those in transit. OAK and AWG have teamed up, and are prepared to support future Wi-Fi demand and continued excellent connectivity for travelers. 

41 Destinations from OAK to Summer Fun


Summer is all about relaxing and enjoying with family and friends. There's no better way to have some fun than an easy trip through OAK. The airport's summer campaign reminds Bay Area residents of this through prominent billboard ads that are strategically placed around the East Bay.


Ads are located along the Bay Area's heavily-trafficked freeways, in downtown Oakland, and in the airport area. These simple, effective and persuasive messages target motorists, encouraging them to choose OAK for its many destinations to fun this summer.

Deborah Ale Flint Selected for Aviation Consumer Protection Committee


Director of Aviation Deborah Ale Flint traveled to Washington, DC, in June to join the first meeting of the Aviation Consumer Protection Committee, created to advise the Department of Transportation (DOT) on protecting and strengthening the rights of consumers when they fly.


Ale Flint, who is the primary executive responsible for the operation, management and development of OAK, is part of the newly-formed, four-person committee to evaluate current aviation consumer protection programs and make recommendations to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood for improving them.


Watch ACI-NA's Airport Insider interview with Deborah Ale Flint in which she shares what a privilege and an honor it is to be a part of this advisory committee, and to be the voice of both OAK and other airport operators.

BART Oakland Airport Connector at Halfway Mark

On Track for Spring 2014 Opening


BART and Port of Oakland staff recently updated the community on a major milestone on the BART Oakland Airport Connector. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has reached the halfway point in constructing train-to-plane service for OAK, and girders placement between columns is highly visible and shows the trackbed along airport area roadways. What's more, the project is on-time, and on-budget.


This press report describes the very big deal that BART's Oakland Airport Connector is, as it creates more jobs, tourism and economic investment for the East Bay Area.


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