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Passenger numbers on the rise at Oakland International Airport

New long-haul flights – both domestic and international – combined with strong demand led to a 6% rise in passenger numbers at Oakland International Airport’s (OAK) this March.

According to airport data released today, 1.07 million travellers flew through OAK last month.

The US gateway notes that international passenger traffic jumped 61% in March, primarily due to gains on new routes such as Barcelona, operated by both Norwegian Air and LEVEL, as well as a non-stop Rome service launched in February by Norwegian Air.

“There’s no doubt that OAK is on the rise, as evidenced by the now 52 consecutive months of passenger traffic gains,” enthuses Bryant Francis, director of aviation at the Port of Oakland. 

“We’re in a thriving region and our airline partners are continuing to respond to market demand by adding new flights and nonstop destinations, to the delight of business and leisure travellers alike.”

Airline load factors were also on the rise during the month, averaging 80.3%, up from 76.9% on the same period a year ago. 

And officials expect passenger growth at OAK to continue following the April launch of non-stop services Paris (Norwegian Air), daily year-round flights to New York/Newark (Southwest), daily non-stop services to Dallas/Fort Worth (American Airlines) and the first ever service to Crescent City, CA, operated by Contour Airlines.

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