Oakland International Airport
For more than 80 years, Oakland International Airport (OAK) has been an important force in aviation history and a contributor to the economic well being of the San Francisco Bay Area. According to a 2001 economic impact report, the airport was responsible for infusing $4.5 billion annually into the local economy and is responsible for generating 5,500 induced jobs such as those that provide service for visitor/tourism jobs, such as hotel staff, taxi and charter bus drivers and tour guides. The airport complex and other OAK-related aviation businesses employ approximately 8,000 people, of which roughly one-third work in jobs related to cargo.
The original airport at North Field was built in 1927 and is still in operation today for air cargo, general aviation and corporate jet activities. Commercial passenger and cargo jet aircraft operate from South Field, which opened in 1962.
The airport is a thriving business, having served more than 14 million passengers and nearly 700,000 tons (1.43 billion pounds) of air cargo annually.