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'Philadelphia Freedom' for the East Bay as Spirit Airlines adds OAK daily nonstop

‘Philadelphia Freedom’ for the East Bay as Spirit Airlines adds OAK daily nonstop

Press Releases
December 7th, 2021

Travelers can grab a "Big Seat Up Front", fly nonstop to Philly and skip the hassle

Oakland, Calif. – December 7, 2021: The Port of Oakland is proud to announce that beginning May 18, 2022, Spirit Airlines will commence nonstop service between San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) allowing the over 700 East Bay travelers that make the trip on a typical day to Fly the East Bay Way. Philadelphia travelers to the San Francisco Bay area will arrive at OAK in the heart of the Bay area closer to where they want to be. OAK is the airport nearest to most Bay area tourism and entertainment venues, employers, and resident population.

The flight will operate daily using Spirit’s new, fuel-efficient Airbus 320neo fleet featuring lower carbon emissions holding 8 “Big Front” and 174 “Deluxe Leather” seats. Flights are on-sale now at Spirit.com.

“Spirit’s growth at OAK is aligned with the growing sentiment among East Bay travelers to opt for the reliability and convenience of their close-in and convenient home airport,” says Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “Those that live here know, and visitors to the San Francisco Bay area quickly learn, of the many advantages when they Fly the East Bay Way. Spirit’s service to Philadelphia lands perfectly amid many great opportunities for air service between OAK and top destinations around the world.”

“Oakland (OAK) is Spirit’s San Francisco Bay area gateway and we are excited to add a brand-new destination for our valued East Bay guests,” said John Kirby, Spirit Airlines' Vice President Network Planning. “With our growing list of new nonstop destination like Orange County (SNA) and now Philadelphia, savvy Bay area residents can enjoy more of Spirit’s unique value proposition.”

Spirit has served OAK for more than a decade, growing along the way, offering low-cost, nonstop service to popular destinations across the United States. Philadelphia is the seventh destination served and brings the total to 11 peak-day departures from OAK. Other destinations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Chicago-O’Hare, Houston-Bush, and Detroit.

The highly successful ultra low-cost carrier offers a unique array of products preferred by Bay area travelers including the popular 2 by 2 “Big Seat Up Front”, assigned seats, extra legroom, carry-on and checked baggage options, the “À La Smarte Sips + Snacks” onboard menu allowing passengers to choose from a variety of beverages as well as snacks and combo packs.


About San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport  

Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all of the region’s business, entertainment and tourism venues. The vision of San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact. Updates about travel during the COVID19 pandemic, current departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details about on-airport parking, shopping and dining and more, can be found at  www.oaklandairport.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 


Media contact 

Roberto Bernardo, Airport spokesperson 

San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport 

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