Metropolitan Oakland (OAK) Airport
Metropolitan Oakland OAK Airport Overview
OAK Airport is only 4.6 miles south of the business district of Oakland, a city in Alameda County, and is accessible via Interstate Highway 880 north & south (exit at 98th Ave to OAK; north traffic must turn left at stoplight; south traffic must turn right at stoplight; then continue straight on to Airport Drive. (Use right lanes for T1, left lanes for T2 for passenger pickup/ dropoff). Nearing the airport, tune into TIPS Radio 1700AM for current airport traffic, parking availability and security information.
With four runways and a yearly passenger count of over 11 million, Oakland International Airport is served by various regular and low-cost airlines offering numerous direct and connecting flights throughout the country, with connections to all points of the globe.
Hawaii is now a key market for Oakland International, and flights are offered to Maui (OGG), Hawaii (KOA), Kauai (LIH), and Oahu (HNL).
Starting May 12, 2016, low-cost Norwegian Airlines offers 3 weekly flights to London Gatwick Airport on its new 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Starting June 5, 2016, Southwest offers 3 daily flights to Reno-Tahoe and one daily flight to Lambert-St. Louis .
Oakland International Airport has two passenger terminals - T1 & T2. Note that OAK offers Global Entry (members are also eligible in TSAPre-Check for expedited screening.
NEW: The OAK BART station in front of the terminal buildings is now open - passengers will be traveling on the 3.2 mile elevated guideway between Coliseum BART station & Oakland Airport - with direct connections to Powell Street in San Francisco ($10.05, to downtown Berkeley ($8.50, to Oakland ($8.15) & to Fremont ($9.85). The trip will take just 8.5 minutes, while total travel time is to take 12-14 minutes (including the walk from BART Coliseum Station to OAC platform, & from OAC to the passenger terminals). BART trains offer seamless single-ticket connections to all of its 45 stations throughout the SF Bay Area. Trains depart weekdays every 5 minutes during peak hours. The new system is to replace the Air BART Bus. For fare information open the BART website at: art.gov/tickets/calculator.
Current and future Airport developments: Ongoing Work at Terminal 1 until May 2017 involves seismic retrofit (exterior compled); thereafter, work started at interior seismic work (installing interior beams & bracing on level 2 & Mezzanine above security checkpoint). Also, the security checkpoint lobby will be upgraded.