Oakland Airport Journey Spike Over Thanksgiving Hits 77.5% Pre-Pandemic Degree – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (BCN) – The number of travelers leaving Oakland International Airport more than doubled this Thanksgiving holiday week year on year, airport officials said Tuesday.

Over 148,000 people left the airport between November 19 and Sunday, 2.5 times as many as last year in the same period and 77.5 percent of the level before the 2019 pandemic.

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The day when travel came closest to pre-pandemic levels was November 21, when traffic accounted for 86.3 percent of total 2019 traffic, according to airport officials.

“While this Thanksgiving was certainly a busy one for Oakland International Airport, careful coordination and collaboration with our airlines and security partners kept OAK running smoothly throughout the week of travel,” said Bryant Francis, director of aviation for the Port of Oakland operates the airport.

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Last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, was the busiest day of the holiday week, with nearly 17,300 people leaving the airport. The departures on Sunday were just behind with almost 17,200 passengers.

The day with the fewest passengers during this period was Thanksgiving with around 10,600 departures, airport officials said.

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