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OAK sets new record with 11.2M passengers in 2023

Monday, January 29, 2024

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Oakland International Airport

Oakland International Airport (OAK) recorded a total of over 11.2 million passengers served in 2023, marking an increase of 0.8 percent compared to the previous year. Despite a decrease of 11.8 percent in cargo totals, amounting to 1.1 billion pounds from 2022, OAK dedicated its efforts in 2023 to enhancing the customer experience. This involved the introduction of new passenger concessions, announcements of new airlines, and facility improvements for the benefit of East Bay travelers.

According to Craig Simon, Interim Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland, “2023 was an exciting year for Oakland International Airport with new passenger amenities and improvements made to our aviation facilities. We enter the new year with optimism for what we have in store for 2024, and we thank our community for continuing to Fly the East Bay Way.”

In 2023, notable developments at OAK included the unveiling of three new airport restaurants as part of the Food and Beverage Program: the OAK Clubhouse in Terminal 1, Calavera, and Southie in Terminal 2. The Board of Port Commissioners approved concessionaire agreements for a new retail program, paving the way for 16 new retail storefronts at the airport in the long term.

Additionally, three new airlines announced services at OAK, connecting the airport to San Salvador, Monterrey, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. New nonstop destinations were revealed, including flights by Delta Air Lines to Atlanta, Southwest Airlines to Baltimore/D.C., and Spirit Airlines to New York City/Newark.

Craig Simon was appointed as the Interim Director of Aviation, and several terminal improvement projects were successfully completed, such as the Terminal 2 Security Exit Project, Terminal 1 Carpet Replacement Project, and Terminal 1 Furniture Replacement Project. The Taxiway Whiskey Rehabilitation Project Phase 1 was also finished, and OAK achieved Level 2 Carbon Accreditation from Airports Council International – North America for its carbon emission reduction efforts.

Looking ahead to 2024, OAK has exciting plans, including the opening of the quick-service restaurant Cancun Sabor Mexicano in Terminal 1 and the announcement of upcoming restaurants like District, A16, Forge, and Trader Vic’s. Projects such as the Terminal 1 Check-in Counter Replacement and Restroom Renovation, additional mobile device charging components, pavement rehabilitation in the Economy parking lot, a new fleet of electric parking shuttle buses, and the initiation of the Airport Perimeter Dike Improvement Project Phase 2 and Taxiway Whiskey Rehabilitation Phase 2 are also on the agenda for the coming year.

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