Photo Of The Week
Passengers waiting to board their Delta Airlines flight watch the Presidential Inauguration.
We imagine it’s almost incalculable, how many eyes were on the Presidential Inauguration ceremony Friday. The peaceful transfer of power was broadcast live on TVs, radios, and internet streaming devices throughout the world. Lambert passengers could be seen gathered around nearly every television screen to watch, listen, and be a part of this global experience. Our airport played a role in this historic day, as STL saw the arrivals and departures of many high profile Democrat and Republican political figures visiting St. Louis throughout the campaign.
Installers with the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and a team from Lambert Building Maintenance delicately close a display case lid for the Makers: Past + Present exhibition Tuesday.
The Lambert Gallery, which is adjacent to the Terminal 1 bag claim and next to the C Concourse exit, is a unique art space in the airport. Six large display cases, called vitrines, showcase rotating art exhibitions year-round. Makers: Past + Present is the newest exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, which highlights selected works by dedicated makers who have participated in the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design residency program. The artists’ works are created in one of four media: clay, fiber, metal, or wood. The exhibition, which runs through May 2017, is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program and is supported by the Regional Arts Commission. Installing and removing these exhibitions is fragile work, requiring many skilled hands and specialized equipment.
A team of large snow removal vehicles drive in formation in view of Terminal 1 and the ATC tower during Thursday’s snowstorm.
The first snowfall of 2017 arrived at Lambert on Thursday with a dry, powdery accumulation that made for some blustery views from the terminal windows. Hundreds of people and machines went to work hours before the anticipated snowfall, and continued throughout the entire storm system, clearing the airfield and maintaining safe runway conditions. The airport’s newest piece of snow removal equipment is the groundbreaking MB-5, which plows, brushes and distributes liquid deicer in one giant machine. In fact, Lambert was the first airport in the country to own one. More than 20 pieces of airport snow removal equipment worked at a time, comprising four teams that maneuvered in skilled formation. Each winter storm is battled according to its unique conditions. For this weather event, the snow was so dry that few deicing methods were needed.
A low winter sun greets an inbound American Airlines MD-80 as it taxis to the gate in view of Terminal 1 Friday.
As the sun sets on 2016, we reflect on this excellent year for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. We saw a significant increase in passengers, with growth trending 10% over last year. Southwest Airlines grew their STL operations, with a major gate expansion in Terminal 2 and reaching a milestone of over 100 flights a day. Global Entry enrollment arrived at Lambert this year, as did Service Animal Relief Areas in each concourse. Pizza Studio restaurant and the Stella Artois bar also opened. The Lambert Art and Culture Program curated 12 new exhibitions to brighten the terminals, along with a live spring music series. Lambert was awarded a Missouri Governor’s Leader in Energy Award, and the Discovery Channel filmed a documentary highlighting our use of Biodiesel that will air next year. The picturesque MD-80 in this photo will be an increasingly rare sight at STL, and throughout the country, as American announced this year that it has begun retiring its iconic fleet.
Two brothers hold a handmade sign to welcome their big brother and Army soldier, Tayton, home from active duty on Wednesday.
It was a sea of green inside Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Wednesday, as nearly 5,000 military men and women in uniform departed home for the holidays. Beginning as early as midnight, service men and women arrived in bus loads from Fort Leonard Wood, and were seen entertaining themselves or catching a nap in seemingly every spare corner of the airport while waiting to board their flights. The USO of Missouri made it a full celebration, sponsoring photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, among other festive activities. Just as exciting as seeing the mass military exodus, was the joy and anticipation of loved ones waiting in the terminals to welcome their soldiers into their arms.
Officer Craig Tudor is welcomed by friends, family and fellow Hazelwood Police upon his arrival in St. Louis Thursday.
In August, Hazlewood Police Officer Craig Tudor was severely injured responding to an emergency call when the squad car he was driving was struck by another vehicle in a head-on, rollover collision. After nearly losing his life, Tudor was flown to Denver, CO in September to receive specialized treatment from Craig Hospital, a renowned rehabilitation center for spinal cord and brain trauma. Just in time for Christmas, Tudor has recovered enough to return home to St. Louis. Even through it was cold outside, there was a warm, and long awaited reunion inside with loved ones as he deplaned his Southwest Airlines flight.
A Starbucks barista makes a signature holiday drink for a military traveler.
The most wonderful time of the year is realized with lights, decorations, carols and Starbucks’ signature holiday drinks that fill the terminals with the warming aromas of gingerbread, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, peppermint and chai. STL has six Starbucks locations, making it easy for travelers to grab a cup of holiday cheer and go. In 2015, more than 1.4 million cups of coffee were served throught the year. The airport’s Instagram feed is filled daily with passengers posting photos of their beloved Starbucks drinks, which are arguably the most photographed items at Lambert.
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.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.