Photo Of The Week
Concrete is pumped more than 100 feet in the air to the Terminal 1 MetroLink station construction site.
The MetroLink station at Terminal 1 is undergoing its first facelift since opening in 1994. The rehabilitation project includes repairing concrete, adding tactile strips to the station platform, upgrading the electrical system, painting, and adding energy efficient LED lights. An areal boom pump delivered concrete to the elevated platform from a mixing truck 105 feet below. A coating of epoxy had been applied an hour before, to help adhere to the new pour to the existing surface. A worker on the platform directed the crane via remote control, while workers smoothed and shaped the mixture into place. Fresh paint and a rust preventative were also being applied to parts of the structure. We’re looking forward to the finished look!
A Southwest Airlines’ plane flies alongside an airfield construction zone.
If you put all of Lambert Airport’s runways end-to-end, it would total over 10.3 miles. That’s a LOT of pavement! What you may not know, is that all of the concrete on the airfield is 17 inches thick, as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. In a summer-long process, airfield construction crews are replacing an area approximately 550 feet long by 450 feet wide on the E-Pad, which is a designated waiting zone for aircraft. You can see where the old concrete was cut away from the existing surface. It was then crushed for use as one of several permeable sub-layers beneath the new concrete pour, which is expected to be 12,500 cubic yards. The airfield remains fully operational during the construction, with planes taking off and landing around the site. This Southwest plane is using runway 12L, which measures 9,003 feet long and 150 feet wide.
Cargo jets carrying General Motors automobile parts park on the airfield J-Pad in sight of Terminal 2.
Ever wish your car could fly? Perhaps you still do! Well, it’s entirely possible that pieces of your car have already taken to the skies. A special delivery of 342,000 pounds of vehicle transmissions arrived at Lambert this week, intended for use at a nearby General Motors plant. Ten cargo aircraft, which included Boeing 727s, 737s, and MD80s, carried the 171 ton shipment from Mexico to St. Louis. The planes arrived via a Michigan-based charter company on behalf of General Motors. Interestingly, the 727’s pictured here were once passenger jets that have since been converted for cargo use. As many as five aircraft containing the auto parts were parked on the airfield at a time. How long does it take to unload 36,000 pounds of cargo per plane? About 30 minutes each.
Minions overtake Hudson News stores throughout Lambert Airport!
With the release of the Minions movie in theaters July 10, the lovable, mischievous creatures have been spotted in droves throughout the Airport. It’s hard to miss their bright yellow color as you walk through the concourses, either on display, or in passenger’s hands as recent purchases. Minion Madness has definitely arrived at Lambert, and it’s tons of fun! Hudson News stores have Minions available in all shapes and sizes, as well as on a variety of merchandise including play sets, candy, lunchboxes and beverage tumblers, to name a few.
Vanessa and Annika joined their family in celebrating the new Alaska Airlines’ flight between Portland, OR and St. Louis.
It was all cake and smiles at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Lambert celebrated the launch of three new non-stop destinations to Austin, TX, Jackson, TN and Portland, OR for the week of June 28. The Airport joined Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines in throwing a party at the gate for the first flights to Austin and Portland. Custom cakes were shaped as luggage decorated with each city’s destination airport code. Passengers and guests could choose from a table full of cupcakes, too. Kelli and Eric Hanson and their three daughters, Vanessa, Annika and Ava were on Alaska’s first flight. They received celebration cookies before departing. When they arrived in St. Louis, they walked right into the STL cake party, which also included live music. As you can see from the picture above, the girls were off to a very SWEET trip.
It’s the final camp circle for campers who are heading home after two weeks of fun at Camp Sabra on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is a gateway for millions of folks, including campers who arrive to begin adventures and life-long friendships at Camp Sabra on the Lake of the Ozarks. A group of 16 campers returned to Lambert Friday to fly back to Texas after spending two weeks away from home. We found them huddled together on the floor in Terminal 2 with backpacks and belongings, no doubt reliving many fun memories. They experienced the joys of overnight camping on the lake: waterskiing, kayaking, waterslides, sailing and swimming. When not in the water, they tackled a zipline, team sports, arts & crafts and all sorts of other camp activities. Some counselors accompanied the campers not only to the airport, but on their flights home to reunite with their parents.
New plantings bask in the sun as they await mulch outside of the entrance to Terminal 2.
It seems everywhere you look at Lambert, a project is underway to beautify the property and improve the customer experience. Lambert International Boulevard is really greening-up, as major landscaping renovations are currently underway. The weather turned out just perfect for the new plantings, with a healthy dose of sunshine early in the week, followed by consecutive cool, rainy days. To prepare for the new foliage, crews spent the previous week removing dated and overgrown shrubbery. Hundreds of new bushes and trees are scheduled to be planted in the next several weeks. Noticeable improvements can be seen all along Lambert International Blvd., which connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Members of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs perform on the lower-level stage in Terminal 1.
On Monday, The St. Louis Children’s Choirs were departing for their European Tour, and graciously gave a brief performance of the pieces they will be singing overseas. They gathered an audience of several dozen people including parents, Airport employees, and intrigued travelers. Their melodious voices carried throughout both levels of the Terminal, drawing some onlookers from above through the atrium, which is where this photo was captured. An exciting start to both their adventure, and our work week! The St. Louis Children's Choirs currently have a window display in the T1 baggage claim, where travelers and visitors can learn more about the Choirs and their mission.
Everyone is in place and waiting to hear the director call “Action” as filming begins at Terminal 2 for "The Layover."
What fun we had Thursday hosting the major motion picture shoot for “The Layover.” Production filmed both inside and outside of Terminal 2 during the day, then moved to the C Concourse that evening totaling an 18 hour shoot. The film stars Kate Upton and Alexandra Daddario, and is directed by William H. Macy. They, along with 50 crew members and 120 extras, were on-site throughout the shoot. The majority of the crew used to film these scenes were from local production companies. The extras were sourced locally as well. The story revolves around the friendship of two travelers, and St. Louis is central to the plot.
Travelers walk on the new tile in Terminal 2 as signage marks areas undergoing improvements.
You could call it “spring cleaning” as Lambert undergoes reviving the look and feel of Terminal 2. Frequent travelers will notice the biggest change being the flooring overhaul in the concourse corridor, with the blue carpeting being upgraded to glossy white tiles. Another dramatic improvement can be found with a colorful renovation of all the restrooms. Also, the familiar gray-colored wayfinding signs will soon be a striking Lambert blue. Lambert International Blvd. outside of Terminal 2 will be getting some beautifying as well. Even more exciting changes are on their way later this year, as the T2 baggage claim will be home to a dramatic, custom art installation, and the Terminal will get the addition of Vino Volo wine garden.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.