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Sand? Snow? Where to go in January.
The New Year

A January vacation sets the tone for the rest of your year. 

What’s your perfect adventure? Play in the snow or jump in the sea? No matter your destination, OAK has you covered. 

BEACHCOMBERS — Pick a flight from Alaska, Hawaiian, or Southwest to get you nonstop to Hawaii or Mexico beaches this month.

Check out all the great planning information about Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta to find out what’s new and happening in Mexico this time of year. If you’re heading a bit further south to the Hawaiian Islands, this is our must-read for January to-dos. 

SNOWBUNNIES — If snow is what you seek, check out flights from Delta and Southwest.

Reno-Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Boise and Denver are great picks in any season and afford travelers great access to winter sports in January. We’re also hearing amazing things about the snow in Albuquerque this year.

Kick 2020 off with a smile, no matter if you’re going beach or snow. Let us know where you go with the hashtag #OAKvacation


Just how fantastic is Maui? Well, it’s been voted “Best Island in the U.S.” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler for the past 20 years. Twenty Years! From beaches to luaus, hiking excursions to nights out, there’s something to do (or not do) every minute of your vacation.

THIS MONTH — Escape the gray and find your favorite beach spot on one of the island’s amazing beaches or check out Kealailiahi A Fragrant Offering of Aloha Celebrating 15 Years of Hula — at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

NEXT SEASON — The Hawaiian islands are rich with stunning vistas, delicious dining options, and authentic cultural events. We’re looking forward to the annual East Maui Taro Festival in Hana that honors Hawaii’s sacred root with cultural demonstrations, local food, arts & crafts, and hula performances.

THIS YEAR — There’s no shortage of things to do on Maui throughout the year. Still, one of the things we’re looking forward to this year is the annual Noble Chef 2020 that celebrates culinary arts education on the island while benefiting the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program.

Sufer Girl
Bowl Of Poki
Beach Sunset
Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is OAK’s most popular airline and this January is no exception as they have over 100 peak day flights serving 38 destinations nonstop from coast to coast including new flights to Hawaii. Travelers can visit 101 Southwest destinations across 12 countries in North America through OAK, most of them by non-stop or one-stop journeys. 12 countries you ask? Yes! They are US, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman, Liberia, Mexico, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

Southwest was first known as Air Southwest Co. back in 1967, changing its name in 1971. Originally the airline served Texas, flying between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. They expanded to California and began service to OAK in 1989. Today OAK is home to their largest operation in California and they have over 2,300 OAK-based employees. We LUV every one of them! Learn more about OAK and Southwest here.

Danny Wan
Danny Wan

Danny Wan has served the city of Oakland for many years in a wide variety of elected and appointed positions, including representing Chinatown and the Lake Merritt District on the City Council. He’s served on the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board and worked as the Port of Oakland’s attorney for the past six years. Mr. Wan was appointed as Executive Director of the Port of Oakland in November of 2019. The Port owns and operates OAK.

Q: How do you see the Port of Oakland as part of the community?

A: We want to be good neighbors to the community we operate in, and to make sure we continue to grow and generate jobs. We need to look at how we operate and how we impact our communities [to] make sure that we benefit the people around us as well as in the region. The Airport is a vital economic engine for the Bay Area, serving as both a major passenger and cargo hub. It is an important asset and it is poised to more greatly participate in Oakland and the East Bay's success in attracting more residents and businesses. It leads to increased demand for travel and commerce.

Q: Where do you live and what do you do for fun?

A: My partner and I live in Oakland. To relax, I sing with a men’s chorus group. We practice every week. I get my exercise by cycling and I love to swim. I’m a member of a local swim team.

See more of the Interview with Mr. Wan on YouTube.

Short Story Dispensers

One month to MLB Spring Training. Are you ready to report? Check SouthwestAllegiant, JSX and American Airlines for great flights to Arizona... Stop by one of OAK's new Short Story Dispensers — there’s one in each terminal — and pick up a one-minute, three-minute, or five-minute story written by one of 9,000 authors. The program is a first for a California airport and is a partnership with Short Édition, a French company... Did you know there's a post-security Service Animal Relief Area near Gate 25 in Terminal 2? It's the first space of its kind inside OAK... We've added terminal-side restroom renovations to our 2020 To-Do List.

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Brown Sugar Kitchen Counter

When Tanya Holland first opened Brown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland ten years ago, the now world-renown chef had her eyes trained on upscaling chicken and waffles and traditional soul food. She turned a small restaurant into one of the most beloved culinary spots in the Bay.

The Brown Sugar Kitchen Counter in OAK, opening in 2020, will offer Holland staples like chicken and waffles, cheese grits with scrambled eggs, smoked chicken and shrimp gumbo and the blackened catfish po’boy. Find it in Terminal 2, and don’t forget you have a flight to catch!

The History Books
OAK boasted the longest runway in the world at 7,020 feet when it opened in 1927 and became the takeoff spot for historic flights captained by Albert Hegenberger (North America to Hawaii in 1927), Charles Kingsford Smith (North America to Australia in 1928) and Amelia Earhart’s infamous and mysterious journey in 1937.
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Oakland, CA 94621
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