-- Passengers Should Arrive 90 Minutes Prior to Domestic Departure --
Oakland, Calif. -- On-airport parking is guaranteed at Oakland International Airport (OAK) over the Labor Day holiday travel period, eliminating travelers' worries about parking their vehicles. OAK airlines anticipate a busy weekend and ask travelers to plan ahead and check-in early.
Airport officials expect that approximately 200,000 passengers will travel through OAK over the five-day travel period that runs August 30 through September 3. It is estimated that up to 100,000 passengers will travel through the airport on the peak travel days of Friday and Monday. An average day at OAK is about 46,000 passengers, based upon July 2007 statistics.
OAK travelers should plan to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure time for domestic flights and three hours for international flights, or as advised by their airline. Due to construction on roadways located in front of OAK's terminal buildings, moderate traffic delays may occur. Allow enough time for freeway and airport roadway traffic delays, parking, flight check-in, and baggage and passenger security screening.
GUARANTEED ON-AIRPORT PARKING
Parking will be available during the holiday weekend, however, the Economy lot is expected to fill by the morning of Saturday, September 1. With OAK's Parking Upgrade Program
, whenever the Economy lot fills, travelers will be given a voucher and redirected to the ValuPark lot. When customers show the voucher upon exiting ValuPark at the end of their parking stay, the lower Economy rate will be charged.
OAK offers approximately 6,000 parking spaces in its three extended-stay lots. An additional 670 spaces are available in the close-in Hourly lot. OAK's parking lots are open 24 hours a day. Frequent and free shuttles link the lots and the terminals. For parking availability and road conditions, travelers can call TravInfo's 511-information line, the airport's parking assistance line at 510-563-3200, or visit oaklandairport.com. On-airport parking rates per 24 hours are: $15 in Economy, $19 in ValuPark, $22 in Daily and $32 in Hourly. Valet service is available and located between Terminals 1 and 2 on the third curb.
OAK's Park & Call Zone allows meeters and greeters who can connect to their passenger by cell phone to wait for FREE up to 30 minutes. Drivers must remain with their vehicles at all times. The 25-space Park & Call Zone is located at the Oakland Maintenance Center which is the large hangar with billboard advertisements clearly visible to motorists as they enter the airport terminal area. Once contacted, drivers should turn right upon exiting the Park & Call Zone to pick-up their waiting passenger at either terminal.
Travelers might consider other ground transportation options such as BART/AirBART, bus, taxi or regional shuttles. During the closure of the Bay Bridge for construction from 8 p.m. on Friday, August 31 to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, OAK will offer 24-hour AirBART shuttle service in conjunction with 24-hour BART service. AirBART links the airport to BART's Coliseum/Oakland Airport station every 10 minutes.
OAK and all other U.S. airports continue to maintain a high-level of security. Help us to help you have a pleasant travel experience by planning ahead before coming to the airport. More valuable travel tips follow:
o BOARDING PASS AND ID
-- to proceed through OAK's passenger security checkpoint, a government-issued photo ID is required for all travelers age 18 and older and ALL passengers must present a boarding pass or other airline-approved document;
-- get the 3-1-1 on air travel: liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three
-ounce or smaller containers and placed in a one
-quart, clear, plastic zip-top bag; Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows one
plastic bag per passenger. Larger quantities of liquids and gels will need to be placed in checked baggage; and
o CARRY-ON LUGGAGE
-- travelers are limited to two carry-on bags, which include a personal item such as a handbag, briefcase, diaper bag or laptop computer.
To avoid a secondary inspection which may average three minutes per person, place loose metal items such as coins, keys, cell phones and jewelry in carry-on bags, and remove outer-layers of clothing and shoes, as the TSA has made shoe screening mandatory for all passengers.
Visit TSA.gov to review the comprehensive Permitted and Prohibited Items List, and for other valuable information on preparing for travel over the Labor Day holiday period.
ABOUT OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
OAK has over 200 flights a day on 13 domestic and international carriers to 42 nonstop destinations. OAK served over 14.4 million passengers and handled over 668,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2006. The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland. Visit oaklandairport.com
for more information.