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Oakland International Airport
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Oakland International Airport is a public airport located 4 miles from downtown Oakland in CA and is one of three international airports in the San Francisco Bay area. It is often used an alternative to San Francisco International Airport and is known to have a high on-time percentage. Oakland Airport provides domestic service as well as flights to Mexico and Europe. The airport is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air.
In 1927, partly due to the fanfare of the Spirit of St. Louis flight, the site of the future airport was purchased. The longest runway in the world (at that time) was constructed in a record 21 days, and the airport was dedicated by Charles Lindbergh. In 1937, Amelia Earhart left the airport on her final flight.
In 1943, the airport was taken over (for a few years) by the U.S. Armed Forces, who used the location to build a naval air station and airlift base during the war. The airport was also used during the Vietnam War to shuttle military back and forth from Asia.
In 1962, a new terminal was opened as part of a multi-million dollar expansion. In 2004, more renovations began as the airport added new gates, a baggage claim facility, parking structures and food and beverage concessions; in 2008 the project was completed.
Another upgrade is currently in the works to include larger restrooms, new flooring and new check-in areas.
In 2012, the airport celebrated its 85th Anniversary, the same year that Air Force One landed at the airport for the first time ever.
Services and Amenities
* Financial Services - There are ATMs located throughout the airport including Bank of America, SWA, Oakland Municipal Credit Union and Wells Fargo.
* Internet Services - Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport.
* Business Services - A business center is located in each of the terminals.
* Food Services - There are a variety of food and beverage options available including fast casual dining options, sit down restaurants, bars, coffee shops, cafes and a brewery.
* Retail Services - There are many shops in the airport that sell souvenirs, books, snacks and sundries.
* Transportation -There are several transportation options available including: car rentals, shuttles, limos, taxis and public transportation
There are a variety of parking options available both on-site and off-site. Hourly, daily and extended stay lots are offered. The Premier and Economy lots are both within walking distance to the terminal. Premier lots offer faster check-in through security, an electric vehicle charging station and free newspaper and faxes.
Surrounding Areas and Attractions
Oakland has plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages. The Oakland Zoo, Aviation Museum and Jack London Square are all considered must-see locations. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate Oakland-Alameda Coliseum (home of the Oakland A's and the Oakland Raiders) and the Oracle Area (home of the Golden State Warriors). For outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs, Lake Merrit is great for bird watching and Peralta Hacienda Historical Park provides a look at Oakland's rich cultural history.
Oakland International Airport,
1 Airport Drive,
Number of Terminals: 2
Telephone: 510 563 3300
Fax: 510 430 9392
E-mail: Via the airport's website
Time Zone: GMT - 8 (GMT - 7 from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October)
Location: The airport is located 19km (12 miles) southeast of Oakland
IATA Airport code: OAK