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OAK Offers Tips for Labor Day Holiday Weekend Travelers

OAK Offers Tips for Labor Day Holiday Weekend Travelers

Press Releases
September 3rd, 2009

-- Allow Extra Time for Roadway Travel and Extended Hours for AirBART Service - Due to Bay Bridge Closure --

San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport (OAK) is preparing for a busy Labor Day Holiday weekend, which marks the end of the peak summer travel period. Plenty of on-airport parking is expected to be available, AirBART hours will be extended, and travelers can have certainty that their flight will operate on time.

An estimated 120,000 passengers will travel through OAK over the six-day travel period that runs Sept. 3 through 8. About 30,000 daily passengers are expected on the peak travel days which are Thursday, Friday and Monday. An average day at OAK, based upon July 2009 statistics, is about 29,000 travelers.

Convenient on-airport parking will be available over the holiday weekend. OAK's Economy Parking Lot is located within walking distance of the airline terminals, at a low $16 daily rate. There will also be ample parking available in the Daily, Hourly and Valet lots. Travelers should look for roadway signs or tune to 1700AM for additional information. OAK offers over 7,000 parking spaces in its three lots which are open 24 hours a day.

For parking availability and road conditions, travelers can call TravInfo's 511-information line, or the airport's parking assistance line at 510-563-3200, or visit oaklandairport.com.

The schedule for AirBART, the shuttle service linking San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport and the Oakland Airport/Coliseum BART Station, has been extended due to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge closure over Labor Day weekend. The first AirBART shuttle from the Coliseum BART Station will depart at 4:00 a.m., instead of the usual 5:00 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 4 through Tuesday, Sept. 8.

OAK travelers should allow extra time for flight departure time or to get to their Bay Area destination due to the Bay Bridge closure. For more information on real-time traffic conditions, detour routes and public transit alternatives, please visit 511.org or call 511 from any Bay Area area code.

OAK and all other U.S. airports continue to maintain a high-level of security. Travelers should plan ahead before coming to the airport. Before packing, visit the Transportation Security Administration?s (TSA) website, tsa.gov, to get the 3-1-1 on air travel.

Other travel tips include:
- Plan to arrive at OAK at least 90 minutes prior for domestic departures and three hours prior for international departures to allow for increased passenger volume at airline check-in and security screening.
- ALL passengers must have a boarding pass or airline-approved document and travelers age 18 and older must show government-issued photo identification before going through the passenger security checkpoint.
- Leave gifts unwrapped, both in carry-on and checked baggage, as they may need to be inspected.

Visit oaklandairport.com for more information.