OAKLAND (CBS SF/BCN) — The Oakland International Airport saw its foot traffic rebound from COVID-19 pandemic lows at a record pace between February and March, likely due to an increase in vaccinations, airport officials said Thursday.
Up nearly 60%, 182,000 more people traveled through the airport in March than in February, outpacing other airports in the region. Air cargo traffic was also up sharply.READ MORE: 'No Sideshow Zone;' Antioch Unveils Prevention, Enforcement Action Against Planned 'Rideout' Event
“As more people are fully vaccinated, we see traffic building toward pre-pandemic levels” said Bryant Francis, Port of Oakland director of aviation.READ MORE: UPDATE: Suspect Arrested After 94-Year-Old Asian Woman Stabbed In San Francisco's Tenderloin Neighborhood
On a 12-month rolling basis, foot traffic is off about 72% this year. About 3.5 million people traveled through the airport, compared with about 12.7 million in the same period a year ago.
Air cargo was up 22.6% in March compared to February. Airport crews moved 116 million pounds of cargo in the final month of the first quarter.MORE NEWS: Brush Fires Break Out Along I-280 Near Downtown San Jose
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