Oakland International Airport (OAK) Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland - The Port of Oakland encompasses three divisions (Commercial Real Estate, Maritime and Aviation). As the Director of Aviation, Bryant oversees the Oakland International Airport (OAK) and oversees 200 employees at the airport.
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Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation for the 
Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland encompasses three divisions (Commercial Real Estate, Maritime and Aviation).  As the Director of Aviation, Bryant oversees the Oakland International Airport (OAK) and oversees 200 employees at the airport.  Bryant has served in this role since 2016 with 20 years of previous experience  at airports in Long Beach, Shreveport, Boise, Detroit, Atlanta, and Palm Springs.  He opened his presentation with the view above of OAK,  a view that one does not even see on takeoff or landing.  Oakland International Airport
  • encompasses 2600 acres,
  • was established 92 years ago with the North Field,
  • added the South Field to accommodate jet airplanes that require a longer runaway,
  • generates 55% of the Port of Oakland's revenue,
  • serves as FedEx's Western/Pacific hub, and 
  • is the 2nd busiest airport in the Bay Area and 1st in air cargo traffic. 
  • OAK is the 14th largest airport in the US.
  • In terms of "catchment area" (i.e., the percentage of the population living closest to an airport), OAK (east Bay Wine Country) is 2nd in California behind LAX.
  • Over 50% of the of the Bay Area's 8 million people live the East Bay and Wine Country "catchment area" making OAK closer for more people than SFO or SJC.
  • As the above slide demonstrates, the vast majority of the population prefers OAK as their airport.
  • OAK is also closer to more of the employers and employees in the Bay Area.
  • The slide below demonstrates that 41% of the traffic into and out of SFO comes from the East Bay Wine Country, which OAK uses to market to airports to increase flights into and out of OAK.
  • OAK served as the airport to transport COVID-19 passengers from the Grand Princess to their final destination.
  • The pandemic reduced air traffic in 60% in March, 96% in April, and 88% in May; however, FedEx and UPS maintained full operations at OAK, which has been critical to providing supplies.
  • A number of gates and business operation in Terminals 1 & 2 have been shut down.
  • During the pandemic, the number of flights have been reduced and several airlines have suspended operations or ceased operating out of OAK.
  • The 14-day quarantine for visitors entering Hawaii has had a significant impact on air traffic at OAK.
  • OAK is currently preparing to expand operations and is meeting all CDC requirements to provide for the health and safety of travelers and employees, which demonstrated by a number photos showing the types of health and safety messaging.
  • OAK is working closely with Southwest Airlines, the most important airline at OAK. 
  • SWA was also impacted by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max earlier in the year.
  • OAK is expecting to see increase flights and business re-opening in the coming weeks.
  • OAK has seen significant drops during the pandemic, but the declines are less than SFO and SJC.
The slide above details the seven step plan(I Fly OAK First!) to increase services at OAK.  The effors focuses convincing airlines that the population and number of businesses in the catchment area will generate increased business.  The paln also focuses on flights to and from Southern California.  The slide below details OAK's plans going  forward.
Click here to watch the entire presentation which was very informative.
Member Moment:  Ray Wallace
Ray Wallace described himself as a child of the '60's who has been a rock & roll musician, explorer, writer, and academic.  As an academic, Ray spent 30 years at CSUH/CSUEB.  He joined the Club 13 years ago to give to the community that educated his son (engineer at Amazon) and daughter (cheerleader at CVHS).  Ray's wife, Gee, is a physician’s assistant.  Ray noted the fellowship that he enjoys in the Club and commented on the marvelous job that the members accomplish throughout the community.  In 2020-2021, Ray will be the Club Secretary.
Carol Wilke provided an update with photos on Breathing for Life (BFL) Project  in Nejo, Ethiopia.
The oxygen generator has been installed (covered by the blue tarp).  The dedication trip is delayed.  Carol is working with Rotary for an article in The Rotarian.
Click here to watch Carol's complete presentation regarding BFL.
Restaurant of the Week: 
JP's Family Restaurant & Sports Lounge
JP's was the first Restaurant of the Week when the Club kicked off this program to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic so it was fitting that it was the last restaurant to be featured.  JP's has bee incredibly support of the the Rotary Club of Castro Valley and its efforts so return the favorite by ordering from JP's, which has opened outdoor dining.  
President Todd and family enjoying the outdoor dining at JP's.
Upcoming Meetings                                               
June 30 
Online Demotion of President Todd Anglin at 6:00 p.m.
July 7
Online Lunch Meeting - Past the Torch:  A Review of 2019-2020 and Look to 2020-2021 with Past President Todd Anglin and President Gary Howard.
Registration links posted on ClubRunner under Upcoming Events.
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