Oakland International Airport in the US has inaugurated the newly renovated and expanded International Arrivals Building (IAB) to support the growing number of travellers at the airport.
The renovated $45m Terminal 1 upgrade features 130,000ft² of additional space, including a new baggage carousel and a larger primary processing room for passengers.
The upgraded terminal building has doubled the capacity of the arrivals building for processing passengers. Previously, it was capable of accommodating one widebody aircraft every hour.
Now, the new facility is capable of accommodating two widebody aircraft for international arrivals. This doubles the hourly number of passengers from 300 to 600.
OAK’s IAB expansion allows the airport to better accommodate growing demand and increasing passenger levels arriving from foreign countries. It has seen a 134% rise in international passenger traffic between October 2015 and October 2017.
The IAB facility also includes 14 booths for processing visitors, 16 automated passport control kiosks and two global entry units.
In addition, the building features new baggage reclaim carousels and a clean design with the passenger circulation space doubled. Toilet facilities have been updated along with upgrades to the building’s system infrastructure.
Offices for the US customs and border protection services have been renovated. The building also incorporates new lighting, flooring, windows, and skylights.
OAK’s Terminal 1 facility was built in 1962 and incorporates the IAB that was constructed as an extension of Terminal 1 in 1972.
The airport serves approximately 13 million passengers each year.