Oakland International Airport sees record-setting foot traffic rebound

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 Foot traffic at Oakland International Airport rebounded at a record pace between February and March, likely due to an increase in COVID-19 vaccinations, airport officials said Thursday.  

   Up nearly 60 percent, 182,000 more people traveled through the airport in March than in February, outpacing other airports in the region. Air cargo traffic was also up sharply.  

   "As more people are fully vaccinated, we see traffic building toward pre-pandemic levels" said Bryant Francis, Port of Oakland director of aviation.

   On a 12-month rolling basis, foot traffic is off about 72 percent this year. About 3.5 million people traveled through the airport, compared with about 12.7 million in the same period a year ago.  

   Air cargo was up 22.6 percent in March compared to February. Airport crews moved 116 million pounds of cargo in the final month of the first quarter.