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As East Bay tourism heats up, Oakland airport gears up for growth

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Jeffrey Zambrana
Jun 06, 2016 13:56
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As East Bay tourism heats up, Oakland International Airport is making changes to serve the growing number of travelers to the area and boost both its passenger count and role as a major gateway for the Bay Area travel market.

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"Ten years ago, SFO was the only way to go, but now because of greater accessibility via transit and improvements, I can fly out of Oakland," he said.The bolstering of international and domestic flights comes as tourism is stronger than ever in the Bay Area.

Susan Fizzell, aviation project manager at the Port of Oakland, right, and Tim Criss, construction manager with Consolidated CM working for the Port of Oakland, stand on a support addition to the original structure on the second floor at Terminal One at the Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 27, 2016.

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"Because it's been awhile since we had this level of activity, part of my charge is going to be to ... look at places where we can improve," Francis said.

To do that, he is looking to fill vacancies that were left open in staff, particularly custodial and operations positions.

One of the most important things for passengers right now is efficiency: how quickly they can get to an airport and through its various checkpoints, said Keith Nowak, a spokesman for travel search site Travelocity.

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