Photo Of The Week
A Southwest Airlines plane takes off from STL’s airfield as local business leaders gather in The Concourse for the St. Louis Green Business Challenge Annual Awards on Friday.
With panoramic airfield views, the backdrop for events is one-of-a-kind. The St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a joint program of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden, hosted their annual awards celebration at Lambert on Friday. So far, The Concourse has hosted four weddings, two runway fashion shows, two proms, and dozens of corporate and private events along with national conferences. Just steps away from covered parking, events come with complimentary parking passes, Budweiser cocktail lounge access, and A/V services. Click here to learn more for your next event!
The Chladek family readies their seven-month old son to depart for their hometown of Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday.
Peak Thanksgiving travel season has a few more days left as this upcoming Sunday, November 27, closes off the stretch with the busiest day in the travel period. Over the ten-day holiday rush that began Friday, November 18, STL projects more than 167,000 total departing travelers. At least 22,200 are expected to fly out on Sunday. With the airlines at approximately 90 percent capacity, plus traffic from connecting flyers, gate areas and concourses have been bustling daily with travelers on their way to give thanks with friends and family. Lambert is expecting at least 13,000 more Thanksgiving travelers this year than over the same period in 2015, an increase of eight percent. Year-to-date, STL is seeing a ten percent growth trend in departing passengers over last year.
A film crew interviews Lambert Auto Shop Manager, Mike Bernich, about STL’s use of biodiesel for a Discovery Channel documentary.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is an industry pioneer for our use of B20 biodiesel fuel. More than 800 airport engines, from leaf blowers to firetrucks, run on the eco-friendly, soy-based fuel. Lambert’s entire snow removal fleet, which tops more than 200 vehicles, are powered by B20. Our innovative approach caught the eye of a film producer, who brought in a crew this week to shoot footage for a documentary that will air on the Discovery Channel. The currently untitled film plans to tell the story of an emerging biodeisel industry trying to gain a substantial foothold in our energy supply. It is projected to air in late 2017.
Megan with National Car Rental shows a traveler features on a tablet in the temporary Emerald Club Lounge in T2.
Southwest Airlines passengers get access to a special temporary attraction for the next six months: free access to the National Car Rental promotional Emerald Club Lounge. Located near gate E14, just beyond the TSA security checkpoint, travelers can stop by to watch some TV, rest in some lounge chairs, or pull up a barstool to access tablets with apps for games, sports, weather, news, and flights. The vicinity also has free Wi-Fi for personal devices. A National Car Rental representative is on site every weekday for 12 hours to interact with travelers about National’s Emerald Club membership benefits.
Lambert Operations and Airfield Maintenance meet to discuss snow removal equipment placement with a birds-eye view from a nearby rooftop.
With the warm weather we’ve been having in St. Louis, it’s hard to believe November is here. But technically speaking, snow season has arrived, and we’ve spent all year getting ready. STL has more than 50 specialty snow removal vehicles in our arsenal to combat mother nature on the airfield. This summer, Lambert became the first airport in the nation to own the revolutionary new MB-5 with liquid deicer tanks. Although our Ops and Airfield Maintenance departments are really excited to see it in action, it’s hard to wish this beautiful weather away. Whenever winter decides to show up, we’re ready.
Two students embrace in an emotional goodbye after living together for six weeks for a study abroad program.
It was a sea of tears Monday, as a group of local students and their families parted ways with foreign exchange students returning to Germany. The group was brought together by the German American Partnership Program at Kirkwood High School, which has been uniting the two cultures for 30 years. The students were given an international pairing, and lived together for three weeks in Germany followed by three weeks in the U.S. “The goodbye is the hardest part,” said Larry Anderson with the Kirkwood School District. Before the German students boarded their flights home, a group photo was taken to commemorate this meaningful moment. “You just become so close,” said one emotional mother. “They become like family.”
Workers pave a section of Lambert International Blvd near the bridge on Monday.
For the past few months, drivers to Terminal 1 have been affected by a major bridge restoration project that has diverted motorists around construction areas. Airport engineers report that the project is right on schedule and should only impact drivers for a few more weeks. More than half of the bridge has been rehabilitated, with the remaining work focused on the eastbound LIB lanes. The Terminal 1 Parking Garage will be resuming normal operations very soon, after construction required temporarily relocating the entrance to one of the garage exit lanes. The oversized vehicle height restriction, put in place to accommodate the construction beneath the LIB bridge over Air Flight Dr., has been lifted. No more lane closures are expected, however there will be some lane maneuvering while the remaining work is completed.
Flowers are basking in the fading days of warmth on the Terminal 1 Ticketing Level Plaza at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Summer’s blooms bred by a full season of warmth will soon begin to fade with the turn to autumn. At Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, there are bouquets of summer annuals overflowing massive planters all along Terminal 1 Departures Drive and the Ticketing Level Plaza. They seem to be thriving without a hint that it’s mid-October, while thousands of passengers are jetting by, officially in light coat mode. It’s the annual up and down, between seasons, weather flux. We’ve faced our coolest mornings this week, yet the next few days we’ll spring back to 80’s. A few more moments to soak in the shine and hold onto summer’s colors a bit longer, until fall wins. And light coats turn heavy.
Dressed in their 1920s best, a group of friends pose together for a photo at Art of Travel on Thursday.
The 6th annual Art of Travel wined, dined and entertained nearly 400 guests at the airport’s signature event of the year on Thursday evening. This year had a 1920s theme, paying homage to the dawn of St. Louis aviation. Guests made a grand entrance dressed mostly in signature 20s style, and had fun taking photos like these in front of our selfie wall. Chefs were flown in from all over the country with HMSHost to create an incredible chef table dining experience featuring remastered 1920s favorite foods, along with signature cocktails and mixed drinks. In between bites guests shopped Copper Collection jewelry, our large silent auction, Carlos Zamora “Blue Lady” prints, and danced the night away to our live band. All proceeds from the event support the Lambert Art and Culture Program.
Roadway markings added outside of Terminal 2 on Friday help drivers determine in advance which lanes will take them to Arrivals and Departures.
Terminal 2 got a new addition this week to help drivers navigate. Traditional signs indicating the route to Arrivals and Departures are in place alongside and above the roads to each terminal. To help better inform unfamiliar drivers and reduce congestion, STL installed bright new roadway markings made of high-tech thermoplastic that is fused to the pavement. The special material is weather-resistant, and will be a permanent addition to the roadway. This alternative signage will be making its way to Terminal 1 this fall.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.