Oakland renames airport to the outrage of San Francisco

Oakland, California, changed the name of its airport to San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport this week despite backlash from its neighboring San Francisco.

The name change was meant to communicate the airport’s nearness to the San Francisco Bay. It now competes with the San Fransisco International Airport just west of the bay, but its code OAK will remain the same to differentiate itself. Some 13 million passengers use the airport every year, which is not as large as San Francisco’s SFO, but the plan of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, which voted unanimously to change the name, is that more will travel there because of it.

“We found that over half of frequent international travelers and nearly a third of domestic travelers are unaware of OAK’s amazing location in the
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