Published on : Monday, August 7, 2017
As passenger traffic continues to climb, Oakland International Airport (OAK) opened the first phase of its expanded International Arrivals Building (IAB) in Terminal 1. The $45 million construction project, which began in August 2016, includes 13,000 sq. ft. of additional space incorporating a new baggage carousel and an expanded passenger primary processing room.
With international passenger traffic up 106% over last summer, the expansion of OAK’s IAB allows the Airport to better accommodate growing demand and increasing passenger levels arriving from foreign markets in Mexico, England, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the Azores. In 2018, Paris and Rome will join OAK’s international roster of nonstop markets operated by Norwegian Air.
The expansion of OAK’s IAB facility includes the following upgrades:
OAK’s Terminal 1 facility was constructed in 1962, and houses the International Arrivals Building (IAB), which was built as an extension of Terminal 1 in 1972. Prior to the opening, international arrival operations had been limited to approximately 300 passengers per hour, the equivalent of one widebody aircraft. However, with the expanded facility, approximately 600 passengers per hour can be accommodated, meaning two widebody aircraft can be processed simultaneously. Additionally, the new space accommodates 16 automated passport control kiosks, doubling availability from 8 previously.
Operations will continue while Phase II construction activities are completed, which include removal and replacement of the existing baggage carousel, completion of interior finishes, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) support space and restroom renovation. U.S. Customs and Border Protection operates within the IAB, meaning the area effectively serves as a U.S. border. Collaboration with CBP throughout the design and construction of the project helped to minimize impact for on-going operations and ensure that the facility meets all required standards.
The project is scheduled for completion this fall.