Oakland International Airport: a Touchdown for Travelers’ Super Bowl Access
OAK's Central Location is a Winner in Regional Super Bowl Celebration
Oakland, CA - January 29, 2016: Super Bowl 50 is just around the corner, and Oakland International Airport is literally right in the middle of it all. The Bay Area is bubbling with excitement about hosting one of the world's most exciting sporting events, and is using the opportunity to show off the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with official events happening all over the region.
The Big Game will be played at Levi's Stadium in the city of Santa Clara on February 7, 2016, preceded by a weeklong series of public events held throughout the Bay Area. The Super Bowl City fan village, the NFL Experience, and the Media Center will be hosted in San Francisco. Many travelers may not know that while the stadium is located 30 miles south of Oakland, Super Bowl City and San Francisco are located 20 miles in the opposite direction, with Oakland at the midpoint. Oakland International Airport is ideally positioned with convenient BART rail transit access, and trains leaving every 5-6 minutes.
Commercial travelers into Oakland can expect flights to be full at peak periods during game week. For those traveling from Denver, the Airport is connected with 4 daily nonstop flights offered by Southwest Airlines. Panther fans in the Carolinas are connected through multiple itineraries as well. Visit www.oaklandairport.com and www.flyoakland.com to connect to airline and flight information.
OAK will be the number one destination for corporate jet traffic in the Bay Area. The FAA has designated an air traffic control "slot allocation system" to accommodate the expected increase around Super Bowl.
OAK's fixed base operators, KaiserAir and Landmark Aviation, are already taking great care of customers using their facilities at OAK. NetJets, a Columbus, Ohio, company offering fractional ownership and private business jet rentals, will be setting up temporary facilities for its customers at OAK in the Oakland Maintenance Center (OMC) facility hangar to accommodate the additional jet activity. The OMC facilities will operate for one week, from Tuesday, February 2, through Monday, February 8.
With the countdown steadily drawing us toward game day, the teams are now confirmed, and the welcome signs are up at the airport, lining the North Field corridor to welcome corporate and general aviation customers. Traditional flyers at OAK can get in the spirit by visiting the Super Bowl memorabilia pop-up store in Terminal 2. With the influx of air traffic, the Super Bowl is expected to be good for OAK as well as for the airport area businesses, particularly as it comes during a typically slower travel period of the year.
Acting Aviation Director, Kristi McKenney, welcomes the added boost, noting, "The airport has enjoyed sustained growth over recent years, and is now the fastest growing airport in California (on a percentage basis). An event like the Super Bowl is the perfect chance to show the flying public why people love our airport so much. There is so much here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Centrally located and easy to access, Oakland International is the best way for travelers to reach it all."
As such, the New York Times agrees, listing the East Bay as the only California destination to visit this year. We highly recommend it as well, flying into OAK, of course.
Transit Access and Ground Transportation at the Airport
The Airport offers great access to the events in San Francisco via BART, as well as game day access to Santa Clara via a BART connection at Coliseum to Amtrak's Capital Corridor line to the Great America Station near Levi Stadium.
For comprehensive information on how to use the BART line into the airport and watch a how-to video, visit www.bart.gov/guide/airport/inbound_oak.
AC Transit Bus service, Taxis, Shuttles, and TNC car services such as Lyft and Uber are also available at the terminal curbside. For details about Ground Transportation at the OAK, visit https://www.oaklandairport.com/ground_transportation.shtml.
Members of the news media needing information or assistance in reporting news about Oakland International Airport may call the airport's 24-hour Media Hotline at (510) 563-6500.
For more information about official Super Bowl Host Committee events, visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.
KaiserAir dates back to 1946 when it was established as the flight department of industrialist Henry J. Kaiser's family of companies. With global operations in ship building and construction, the Kaiser companies relied heavily on a flight department that had extraordinary safety standards and was also able to perform complex missions at a moment's notice.
After 65 years in the aviation business, KaiserAir has maintained a perfect safety record. The company pays equal attention to safety and security at the highest level, while at the same time providing the personal service that makes it a pleasure to fly with KaiserAir. Clients have included former U.S. Presidents, royalty and top celebrities as well as Fortune 500 executives who appreciate KaiserAir's safety, security and detail-oriented service.
For more information, visit www.kaiserair.com.
About Landmark Aviation
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Landmark Aviation operates a network of fixed base operations located throughout the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. The Company offers a wide range of services, including FBO, MRO, charter and management. Landmark is a portfolio company of the Carlyle Group.
Drawing on decades of experience, Landmark Aviation is committed to exceeding the standards in business aviation services. With 68 locations in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, Landmark is one of the nation's largest FBO networks, with a continued commitment to growth.
Landmark's extensive network of full-service facilities offers a wide variety of amenities and services, guaranteeing both comfort and convenience. The consistency of Landmark Aviation's exceptional service and extensive capabilities affords you an important sense of confidence and reliability, no matter where your travel takes you within the Landmark network.
For more information, visit www.landmarkaviation.com.
NetJets Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the worldwide leader in private aviation with the largest, more than 700 aircraft worldwide, and most diverse private jet fleet in the world. NetJets celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2014, having been established in 1964 as the world's first private jet charter and management company. In 1986, NetJets pioneered the concept of fractional aircraft ownership - offering individuals and businesses all of the benefits of whole aircraft ownership and more, at a fraction of the cost. Today, NetJets offers a full range of private aviation solutions through businesses bearing the NetJets®, Executive Jet Management®, and Marquis Jet Card® service brands in North America, Europe and China.
For more information on NetJets customer programs and services, please visit www.netjets.com.
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.