SFO officials push back against proposed Oakland airport name change


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco International Airport officials have actually shared “serious concerns” over a proposition to include “San Francisco” right into the name of the Oakland airport. In a video clip launched on Friday, Oakland International Airport revealed that the Port of Oakland was thinking about transforming the airport’s name from “Metropolitan Oakland International Airport” to “San Francisco Oakland International Airport.”

The proposed name change is meant to “boost inbound travelers’ geographic awareness of the airport’s location on the San Francisco Bay,” according to Port Commission President Barbara Leslie.

“This will protect our airport’s over 30,000 good-paying, direct jobs and $1.6 billion in economic impact on the region,” she included.

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“Oakland consistently hears from local travelers about their desire for more direct flights to domestic and global destinations,” checked out a declaration from Port of Oakland officials. “To make this happen, travelers who live outside the region need to learn that OAK is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and close to the region’s top destinations.”

“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 suspect and add new routes in Oakland,” stated Port of Oakland Interim Director of Aviation Craig Simon.

The airport’s airport code, OAK, and aesthetic brand name will certainly not change, according to port officials.

But on Monday, officials at SFO, which lies in San Bruno, shared problem that the name change can bring about “the potential for customer confusion and disservice.”

“SFO has operated since 1927 and has used the name ‘San Francisco Airport’ or ‘San Francisco International Airport’ for most of its history, making it immediately recognizable to customers,” stated SFO Airport Director Ivar C. Sateros. “Given this history, we anticipate the new name being considered by the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport will cause confusion for the public, either through a misunderstanding of its physical location or its perceived relationship to SFO.”

“We request Metropolitan Oakland International Airport not proceed with any name change that would incorporate the use of ‘San Francisco,’ as this would only result in confusion and inconvenience to the traveling public we all serve,” SFO officials stated.

State Sen. Scott Weiner likewise shared appointments concerning the proposed name change, composing on X, “I love Oakland, but Oakland is Oakland. It’s not San Francisco. Oakland’s airport should nut be cutting & pasting San Francisco International Airport into its name. Please find another way to turn things around.”


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