Strong April Traffic at OAK Leads into Busy Summer of Growth
Airport Logs 29 Consecutive Months of Passenger Growth
Oakland, CA: (May 20, 2016) – The Oakland International Airport (OAK) has released its April Passenger Traffic reporting, adding yet another month of consecutive growth. Total passenger traffic at the airport increased from 904,793 in April 2015, reaching 941,248 passengers in April 2016, representing 4% growth year over year. This is based upon 3.4% more operations and 6.3% more seats; the increase makes twenty-nine months of year-over-year traffic gains at OAK.
Traffic in April 2015 was up 12.3% from 2014, representing a 16.8% increase over two years. For May 2016 and forward, traffic is also set to grow as more airline activity is added.
Among the new routes and flights added, a brand new, nonstop flight to London’s Gatwick Airport commenced on Norwegian last week from OAK. Southwest will commence nonstop three-times-daily service to Reno-Tahoe, a daily nonstop to St. Louis, and four-times-daily nonstop service to Long Beach on June 5. It will also increase the popular OAK to Baltimore/Washington, DC nonstop transcontinental route from one to two daily. These additions alone are expected to boost passenger traffic by more than 4% once incorporated.
In June, as the peak summer travel season goes into full swing, total seats are up 11.4% year over year with service to 54 nonstop destinations. The airport is preparing for one of the busiest summer travel seasons in recent history.
Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis, notes of the airport’s trajectory, “We are very pleased to see passenger traffic continuing to grow at the airport. I believe that this growth pattern paired with the new markets coming this summer reflects confidence in OAK’s position as the ‘The Best Way to San Francisco Bay’ from both our airline partners and customers alike.”
OAK is closest airport to the majority of the Bay Area’s businesses and residences, and is the fourth largest airport in California. It is also the largest cargo airport in the San Francisco Bay Area with large-scale operations by FedEx and UPS.
About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth largest airport in California and second largest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving 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 airport for most local residents.
The airport currently 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.
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About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port’s jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport, offering more than 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s Real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.