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Oakland Airport considers adding ‘San Francisco Bay' to name to attract more travelers

The Port of Oakland will consider changing the name of the city’s airport to San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport from the current official title of Metropolitan Oakland International Airport.

While the airport code would remain OAK, the new name would “boost inbound travelers’ geographic awareness of the airport’s location on the San Francisco Bay,” Port Commission President Barbara Leslie said in a statement Friday.

The airport has lost routes, including 39 of 54 that were added from July 2008 to March 2024, Interim Director of Aviation Craig Simon said.

“Market research and interviews with airline partners have shown that routes have not performed as well as they should have due to the lack of geographic awareness, making air carriers reluctant to sustain and add new routes in Oakland,” he said.

Rechristening the airport would protect 30,000 direct jobs and $1.6 billion in economic impact on the region, Leslie said.

The port’s commissioners will consider the name change at their April 11 meeting.


Source: NBC Bay Area

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