Oakland International Airport. IATA: OAK, ICAO: KOAK, FAA LID: OAK
The second largest airport in the region and a hub for mostly low-cost domestic flights. Oakland International is the base airport for the rapidly growing Southwest Airlines. Airlines serving Oakland International provide service to numerous destinations in the United States, as well as Mexico. OAK has proven a popular alternative to San Francisco International. In 2008, 11.5 million passengers used the airport. Another convenience of OAK over SFO in relation to the success of Southwest is OAK's history of a high, on-time arrival percentage (of total flights inbound), despite many days of rainy and foggy weather for some months in each city. For 2009, OAK had the highest on-time arrival percentage among the 40 busiest North American airports.
Oakland International is popular with low cost airlines. Until the economic downturn became worse in 2008, along with fuel prices beginning to soar, OAK was one of the nation's fastest growing airports for much of the decade. A $300 million expansion and renovation project was completed in spring 2008. The project included the addition of five gates to Terminal 2; enhanced food, beverage and retail concessions; a new baggage claim area; expanded areas for ticketing and security screening; and significant improvements to the roadways, curbsides and parking lots.
Airlines: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Horizon Air, JetBlue Airways, Mexicana, SATA International, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines, Volaris
Cargo Airlines: Ameriflight, FedEx Express, UPS Airlines