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Parking Guaranteed Over Fourth of July Holiday at Oakland International Airport

Parking Guaranteed Over Fourth of July Holiday at Oakland International Airport

Press Releases
June 29th, 2007

-- Passengers Should Arrive 90 Minutes Before Domestic Flight Departure Time --

On-airport parking is guaranteed at Oakland International Airport (OAK) over the busy Fourth of July holiday travel period, eliminating travelers' worries about parking their vehicles. OAK airlines anticipate a busy week and ask travelers to plan ahead and check-in early.

Airport officials expect that approximately 215,000 passengers will travel through OAK over the five-day travel period that runs June 29 through July 3. With the holiday falling mid-week on Wednesday, travel activity is highest on the weekend and weekdays prior. It is estimated that up to 175,000 daily passengers will travel through the airport on the peak travel days of Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. An average day at OAK, based upon May 2007 statistics, is about 40,000 travelers per day.

OAK travelers should plan to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure time for domestic flights and three hours for international flights, or as advised by their airline. Due to construction on roadways located in front of OAK's terminal buildings, moderate traffic delays may occur. Allow enough time for freeway and airport roadway traffic delays, parking, flight check-in, and baggage and passenger security screening.

Parking will be available over the holiday travel period, however, the Economy Parking Lot is expected to fill by the morning of Tuesday, July 3. With OAK's Parking Upgrade Program, when the Economy lot fills, travelers are directed to the ValuPark lot where the lower Economy rate will be honored. Upon entering the ValuPark lot, the dispensed ticket will be at the lower parking rate. Travelers should look for roadway signs or tune to 1700AM to learn whether lots are full and for information on parking in the appropriate lot.

OAK offers approximately 6,000 parking spaces in its three extended-stay lots. An additional 700 spaces are available in the close-in Hourly lot. OAK's parking lots are open 24 hours a day. Frequent and free shuttles link the lots and the terminals. For parking availability and road conditions, travelers can call TravInfo's 511-information line, or the airport's parking assistance line at 510-633-2571, or visit oaklandairport.com. On-airport parking rates per 24 hours are: $15 in Economy and $19 in ValuPark.

OAK's Park & Call Zone allows meeters and greeters who can connect to their passenger by cell phone to wait for FREE up to 30 minutes. Drivers must remain with their vehicles at all times. The 25-space Park & Call Zone is located at the Oakland Maintenance Center which is the large hangar with billboard advertisements clearly visible to motorists as they enter the airport terminal area. Once contacted, drivers should turn right upon exiting the Park & Call Zone to pick-up their waiting passenger at either terminal.

Travelers might consider other ground transportation options such as BART/AirBART, bus, taxi or regional shuttles. Call 511 for assistance with ground transportation inquiries.

OAK and all other U.S. airports continue to maintain a high-level of security. Help us to help you have a pleasant travel experience by planning ahead before coming to the airport. More valuable travel tips follow:

- BOARDING PASS AND I.D. - to proceed through OAK's passenger security checkpoint, a government-issued photo ID is required of all travelers age 18 and older and ALL passengers must present a boarding pass or other airline-approved document;

- 3-1-1 - get the 3-1-1 on air travel: liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers and placed in a one-quart, clear, plastic zip-top bag; Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows one plastic bag per passenger. Larger quantities of liquids and gels will need to be placed in checked baggage;

- CARRY-ON LUGGAGE - travelers are limited to two carry-on bags, which include a personal item such as a handbag, briefcase, diaper bag or laptop computer. To avoid a secondary inspection which may average three minutes per person, place loose metal items such as coins, keys, cell phones and jewelry in carry-on bags, and remove outer garments and shoes as the TSA has made shoe screening mandatory for all passengers; and

- FIREWORKS DON'T FLY - all fireworks contain explosive materials and are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.

Visit TSA.gov to review the comprehensive Permitted and Prohibited Items List, and for other valuable information on preparing for travel over the Fourth of July holiday period and the busy summer season ahead.

OAK has over 200 flights a day on 13 domestic and international carriers to 42 nonstop destinations, including Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Fort Lauderdale, the Hawaiian Islands, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Mexico and seasonal summer service to the Azores, Portugal and seasonal winter service to Sun Valley, Idaho. OAK served over 14.4 million passengers and handled over 668,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2006. The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland. Visit oaklandairport.com for more information.