FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cyndy Johnson, (510) 577-4271
After Hours, (510) 577-4067
OAKLAND, CA, June 1, 2001 -- Delta Air Lines today launched twice-daily nonstop transcontinental service between Oakland International Airport and Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport. Flights will operate from Gate15 in Terminal One.
"Delta Air Lines' expanded service from Oakland International Airport is great news for San Francisco Bay Area travelers who are looking for convenient, on-time transcontinental service to Atlanta without the hassle of weather-related delays," said Steve Grossman, director of aviation for the Port of Oakland, the owner/operator of Oakland International Airport. "Airlines such as Delta Air Lines realize the market potential of Oakland International. The airport has grown to more than 190 daily nonstops as compared to 164 in 2000, with new long-haul service to the Hawaiian Islands, the New York area, and now Atlanta."
Oakland's passenger traffic is up 12 percent for the first quarter of this year and the new Delta service will help propel the airport toward a projected 12 million passenger milestone in 2001, added Mr. Grossman.
Delta Air Lines will use 176-seat Boeing 757 aircraft configured to a two-class service with 20 seats in First Class and 156 seats in Economy Class.
The following is Delta Air Lines' schedule between Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport (ATL):
| Route || Flight # || Departure Time || Arrival Time |
|OAK to ATL || 394 || 11:20 a.m. || 7:00 p.m. |
|OAK to ATL || 462 || 10:00 p.m. || 5:40 a.m. (next day) |
|ATL to OAK || 901 || 8:35 a.m. || 10:16 a.m. |
|ATL to OAK || 347 || 7:00 p.m. || 8:41 p.m. |
In addition to the new Atlanta service, Delta Air Lines offers twice-daily service between Oakland International Airport and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. Delta's Atlanta service from Oakland has been scheduled so that travelers can make easy connections on other Delta Air Lines flights to destinations in the East, Southeast, the Caribbean, Europe and South America.
For more information or to make reservations, call Delta Air Lines at 1-800-221-1212, visit the airline's web site at www.delta.com, or contact your travel professional.
Oakland International Airport served more than 10.6 million passengers and handled more than 700,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2000. Oakland International has more than 190 daily flights on 12 domestic and international carriers to 31 nonstop destinations, including the Hawaiian Islands, the New York area, Paris, Tahiti, and several cities in Mexico. Other new service in 2001 includes two daily flights to Las Vegas and four nonstop flights a week to Kona on Aloha Airlines, a nightly nonstop to Detroit on Spirit Airlines and one additional nonstop flight each to the New York area on JetBlue Airways and Continental Airlines. The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland.
Oakland International Airport is just beginning its $1.5 billion expansion program known as the Airport Development Program (ADP). The ADP is an umbrella program for 18 expansion and improvement projects that will enable the airport to serve 13.8 million passengers and handle one million metric tons of air cargo. Program highlights include the addition of 12 passenger gates, a six-lane parkway into the airport from I-880, a two-level roadway, a consolidated terminal building, and a multi-level parking facility. The ADP is expected to take five- to seven- years to complete.
Oakland International consistently has the best on-time record of the three Bay Area airports, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is the only Bay Area airport with a dedicated shuttle that meets every Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system train at the nearby Coliseum station. On-airport parking rates are as low as $12 per day in the long-term lot and $10 per day in the economy long-term lot. A rate increase is being considered in the next fiscal year in order to build additional parking facilities. Visit the airport's Web site at www.oaklandairport.com for more information.