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Oakland International Airport

Oakland International Airport | OAK

Explore the facilities and features of Oakland International Airport including information on the passenger terminals, and their facilities, details of the runways. Also discover the airlines that fly from this airport, and the destinations they fly to.

Oakland, USA

About Oakland International Airport

Oakland International Airport (IATA: OAK) is an international airport located in Oakland, California, which is the other side from San Francisco on the San Francisco Bay Area.

The airport is currently the third-largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area, after having 13.59 million passengers use the airport in 2018. Currently, the majority of its passenger flights are to domestic destinations in the United States, but also includes destinations in Mexico and Europe. Similarly, there are also cargo flights to destinations in China and Japan, with the only airline hubbed at this airport being cargo airline FedEx Express.

The construction of the airport started in 1927, where it had the longest runway in the world at the time. The airport has been the location of historic events, such as Amelia Earhart’s final flight in 1937 and Charles Kingsford Smith’s historic US-Austalia flight in 1928. Oakland Airport has been used by military and armed forces alike, such as the U.S. Armed Forces in 1943 where it was an airlift base for flights to the islands in the Pacific, and also during the Vietnam War where military passengers where shuttled to their bases in SE Asia.

Oakland International Airport is located 10 miles south of Downtown Oakland. Oakland is the city the other side of San Francisco from the San Francisco Bridge and Bay.


Oakland Airport is currently not the best for facilities at the airport. However, it is undergoing some major improvement works to update its facilities and amenities for its customers. One thing that the airport is focusing on is its selection of dining options, taking inspiration from local cuisines and food providers. It is for this reason, and the planned selection of food retailers, that the airport has been awarded a place in our ‘Best Airports for Foodies’ blog.

Facilities Include:

  • Lactation Suites
  • WiFi
  • Airport Public Art
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Golf nearby
  • Mobile charging kiosks
  • Oakland Aviation Museum

Lounges Include:

Escape Lounge: Currently the only lounge in the airport, the Escape Lounge at OAK is the perfect place to relax and unwind before your flight. The lounge has the facilities to be able to do some last-minute business, enjoy food and drinks or just sit and enjoy watching time pass. You can pre-book access to this lounge, as it is available for all passengers travelling on all airlines.


Terminal 1 (T1)

Terminal 1, or T1, has facilities for departures such as ticket counters and security checks as well as for arrivals, with baggage claim and customs. In addition, there are food and drink options, duty-free shopping and offices. This terminal serves Alaska Airlines, Contour Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Volaris amongst some other airlines.

Terminal 2 (T2)

Exclusively for Southwest Airlines, this terminal is home to a baggage claim, ticketing desks, security checks, food and drink facilities and gates.

Airlines that fly to Oakland International Airport

Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, Azores Airlines, Contour Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, JSX, Kona Shuttle, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Volaris.

How to get to Oakland International Airport

By Road

You can access the airport by road via the Interstate 880. Follow signs to the parking or drop off zone that you require when entering the airport vicinity.

By Public Transport

You can get the bus with the AC Transit company which connects the airport with destinations in Oakland and Alameda. BART trains are also an option, where you can avoid sitting in traffic on the ground. The trains connect the airport with downtown San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and many other destinations in the Bay Area.

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