Metropolitan Oakland International Airport Private Jet Charter Prices
Airport Hours and Location
Open 24 hours a day, Oakland International Airport lies across from San Francisco on the other side of San Francisco Bay, 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Downtown Oakland, at 1 Airport Drive, Oakland, California 94621.
The most frequently chartered private jets to and from Oakland International Airport are the Citation CJ3 light jet, the Learjet 60 and Hawker 1000A midsize jets, the Challenger 300 super midsize jet and the Gulfstream G450 large jet.
Oakland International Airport is a public airport with four asphalt runways. The longest runway is 6,879 feet (2,097 meters) long and 150 feet (46 meters) wide. The airport elevation level is 9 feet (3 meters).
Among the services and facilities available at Oakland International Airport are world-class shopping and dining, luxury ground transportation and rampside vehicle access for VIP private jet flyers.
Private Jet Charter to and from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport
Paramount Business Jets offers private jet charter flights and luxury airliner charters to and from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport.
There are several reasons that Oakland International Airport is the best airport for private and charter business jets flying into the San Francisco Bay area and the nearby Silicon and Napa valleys.
Even though it’s across the Bay from San Francisco, the much busier San Francisco International is located – almost equidistant in travel time – south of the city.
In fact, Oakland Airport, which is located 25 minutes from downtown San Francisco, is the closest airport to the San Francisco financial district, home to all the city’s Fortune 500 companies, including Charles Schwab, the Gap, McKesson, Pacific Gas& Electric, salesforce.com and Wells Fargo; and more than a dozen foreign embassies.
Oakland International is also approximately midway between Napa Valley – 40 miles – and Silicon Valley – 30 miles.
What is the airport code for Oakland International Airport?
The ICAO code for Oakland International Airport is KOAK and its IATA code is OAK.
Why choose Oakland International?
Oakland International Airport (also called Metropolitan Oakland International Airport), located about 10 miles south of downtown Oakland, serves the entire San Francisco area and is the closest airport to San Francisco’s financial district.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge offers easy access across the bay and into the heart of San Francisco – or the city of Oakland – by car or by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains that leave every few minutes from the airport.
Oakland International, which serves more than 12 million travelers annually, is operated by The Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. There is an aerospace museum and a golf course at the airport.
Oakland International Airport, which opened in 1927, will live in infamy as the place where Amelia Earhart took off on what would be her last flight. She was never seen again after trying to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1937.
As were many airports, Oakland International was a military base during World War II, returning to commercial service after the war.
FBOs at OAK
Oakland International Airport, which is located in Alameda County, has two fixed base operators (FBOs): Kaiser Air and Signature Flight Support.
Many elite travelers fly into OAK because it has easy access to all points around the Bay area. The FBOs at Oakland International promise to provide these A-listers – corporate travelers, passengers aboard chartered private jets and the general aviation community – with outstanding facilities that offer the best service and support. The FBOs, which operate 24 hours a day, offer aircraft maintenance, fuel, hangars, Immigration and Customs handling and any other services you need.
Both KaiserAir and Signature Flight Support are DCA (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) access points, allowing direct flights from Oakland to Washington, D.C.
FBOs have to be approved by the Department of Homeland Security – in the wake of 9/11 – to be an access point, which means able to send business and corporate aircraft that have met the program requirements directly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
KaiserAir is one of only a handful of independent FBOs in California to receive this qualification from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
KaiserAir, has been serving private and chartered business jets in the San Francisco Bay area since 1954. The full-service fixed base operator, which also is a fixed base operator at the Charles M. Schulz County Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, has fuel, hangar and ground handling services
Kaiser Air FBO at OAK. Picture Source.
The Oakland Airport has long been the preferred airport for Silicon Valley. From there, it’s about an hour’s drive or easy to charter a private jet at OAK to get Sonoma County.
KaiserAir said its perfect safety record is proof of its ability to offer the highest level of safety and security in addition to the personal services that VIP travelers request.
Its clients include U.S. president, foreign dignitaries and royalty, celebrities and Fortune 500 executives.
KaiserAir got its start in 1946 as the flight department for industrialist Henry J. Kaiser’s aluminum, steel and shipbuilding companies. The company had business around the world and had to have a flight department that was safe and could deliver goods or services on short notice.
Because KaiserAir operates its own airline, it has the expertise and equipment needed to handle large aircraft, such as those carrying diplomats or sports teams. It has:
- Large aircraft with push-back tugs and tow bars
- Wide-body capable AirStairs.
- Belt loaders and baggage carts
- 24-hour catering service
Signature Flight Support has the world’s largest network of fixed base operators. Oakland is one of its more than 200 locations that provide consistent and exceptional service to business and private aviation, including refueling, hangars, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, and a variety of other amenities and customer service.
Signature Flight Support grew to become the world’s largest FBO operator after Page AvJet and Butler Aviation merged in 1992. Its amenities include:
Signature Flight Support FBO. Picture Source.
- 24-hour surveillance
- Agricultural clearance
- Business center
- Conference rooms
- Covered vehicle parking
- Crew room
- Customs and immigration
- Locked storage room
- Passenger lounge
- Ramp side vehicle access
- Secured vehicle parking
- Snooze room
- VIP suite
Why VIPs choose OAK
Foreign dignitaries abound
Oakland International Airport is the closest airport to San Francisco’s financial district where the wealthy and those seeking to be wealthy have converged since the Gold Rush days when prospectors searching for gold in the Sierras settled in San Francisco’s financial district.
(The tallest building in San Francisco, the Transamerica Pyramid, lets you know that you are in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. Built in 1972, it is 850 feet tall.)
Dozens of countries have consulate generals or offices in the financial district, including:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
World champion Warriors
For almost 50 years, elite fans of the Golden State Warriors have flown their private or chartered business jets into Oakland International Airport to watch the Warriors in Oracle Arena, which is less than four miles from the airport. They only have one more season to do that. The Warriors will move to their new home, Chase Center, in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood for the 2019-2020 season. But, wait. Oakland will continue to be a viable – and perhaps even better option than the slightly closer but much bigger San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Chase Center is 12 miles from SFO and 18 miles from OAK but, the travel time is about the same, 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Napa Valley is so close
Visitors go all year long for the wine, of course, but VIPs go to take part in one of the hottest annual events in Napa Valley – the Napa Valley Film Festival, which is held in November. More than 100 new independent films and studio sneak previews, as well as intimate Q&A sessions with filmmakers take place in wineries and theaters in beautiful Napa Valley towns such as Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. There is food, wine, celebrities and hobnobbing with fellow A-listers for the attendees who arrive by way of a chartered business jet into Oakland International Airport. Napa is less than an hour’s drive from OAK. It is also possible to charter a private jet at OAK and hire a private jet or helicopter into the Napa County Airport.
There are patron circle VIP passes available for A-list visitors. Pay from $2,500 to $25,000 (tax deductible) to get to experience things such as:
- No waiting in lines.
- Reserved seats
- Complimentary wine
- Invitations to exclusive dinners, receptions, award ceremonies and parties
- Luxury car and driver
FBOs at Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, KOAK, OAK
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?
Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?
Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?
The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?
No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?
Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?
As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?
There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
Can I fly with large sums of cash?
Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
Which private jets come with flight attendants?
In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?
Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?
Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?
Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
What is a carbon-neutral flight?
Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?
Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?
Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?
Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
Can I access my luggage while in flight?
On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?
A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?
Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?
Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.