Oakland Airport sees record flights and adds new routes, as Spirit Airlines becomes its second largest carrier

The Oakland International Airport has added a host of new flights, raising its nonstop flight offerings to 62, a new record for the airport and a sign that it is gaining ground in an increasingly competitive airline environment.

The airport said this week that it will now offer nonstop service via Spirit Airlines from Oakland to the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area and Detroit beginning in May, on multiple Airbus jets that carry between 145 to 228 passengers. The additional flights will make Spirit the airport's second-biggest carrier, behind Southwest Airlines.
“It’s another big step toward the requisite level of air service that metropolitan Oakland should have as a primary gateway to all types of business, emerging tourism venues and the largest population base in the San Francisco Bay Area,” Francis said.

Spirit will also add another flight to its Oakland to Los Angeles route, making four flights a day to the area, and will use its “unbundled” base pricing to allow passengers to purchase extra amenities on a case-by-case basis. It will boost that route in April.

"The airport has been boosted by an increase in international and domestic travel to the East Bay," the East Bay Times reports. "It added direct flights to Long Beach, St. Louis, Reno-Tahoe, El Paso and London-Gatwick last year, and routes to Barcelona, Copenhagen, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, among several new domestic routes, will begin this year."

All of this comes as the airport continues to build out its international terminal, which is undergoing a $35 million addition, which will eventually double its capacity for international flights.