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Published on April 01, 2024
Oakland International Could Become 'San Francisco Bay Oakland International'; SFO Challenges The MoveSource: Weegee010, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In a recent shake-up in the Bay Area's airport hierarchy, a proposal has been tabled to rename the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport to the "San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport." According to Hoodline, officials at the Port of Oakland believe the change will enhance the airport's geographic recognition among travelers and contribute to the region's economic health.

The initiative, however, is not without contention. SFO has lodged a formal complaint over the proposed name, claiming it could mislead and confuse. "We are deeply concerned about the potential for customer confusion and disservice that could result from this proposed renaming," SFO's Airport Director Ivar C. Satero said, in a statement obtained by

Despite the pushback, Port Commission President Barbara Leslie stands by the rebranding strategy, pointing to its potential to safeguard the airport's substantial impact on the local economy. "This will protect our airport's over 30,000 good-paying, direct jobs and $1.6 billion in economic impact on the region," Leslie said, as reported by Hoodline.

The airport's renaming endeavor has won over at least one major carrier. "Oakland helped put us on the map in California and we’re wholeheartedly supportive of this rebranding that acknowledges OAK’s economic position and influence in the San Francisco Bay area while staying true to its Oakland roots," Jennifer Bridie, Vice President of Marketing Communications & Strategy at Southwest Airlines told, Oakland Airport. Both the airport code "OAK" and its visual brand will remain unchanged following any potential name alterations.

Should the Port Commission greenlight the proposal at their April 11 meeting, the rebranding will progress, requiring coordination with various stakeholders to integrate the new name across operational systems. The airport is simultaneously working to upgrade its facilities, with enhancements to the Terminal 1 check-in lobby, restroom renovations, and the addition of fresh dining and retail options.