Photo Of The Week
Lambert Airfield Maintenance mows grass in the Runway 11 approach area amid sequence-flashing approach lights.
This week has been HOT. St. Louis has seen the heat index soar into the triple digits, but that doesn’t stop airport workers from getting the job done. Keeping grasses mowed around the airfield is vital for safety and wildlife management. Once spring hits, the airport’s fleet of mowers are put to work every day. Mowing in a Runway Safety Area (250 feet from each side of the runway center line, and 1,000 feet from each end of the runway) requires coordination with Lambert’s Airfield Operations department and the Air Traffic Control Tower. Before work can begin, the runway must be closed to all air traffic for safety. The runway is then inspected to ensure all ground workers are clear before the runway re-opens.
Local news media film Southwest Airlines at a press conference and celebration for peaking 100 flights a day from STL.
Southwest Airlines has taken center stage this summer at STL. This week Lambert's largest carrier hit a major milestone, reaching 100 daily flights. With the June 5 launch of new non-stop service from St. Louis to Oakland, CA (OAK), Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX), Southwest now operates 103 flights per day to 43 destinations. To accommodate the growth, Southwest Airlines expanded by adding two new gates in Terminal 2. Southwest has added six other non-stop destinations since the start of summer of 2015: Austin, TX (AUS); Orange County, CA (SNA); Little Rock, AR (LIT); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT). Connecting passenger activity at Lambert is on an 18 percent growth trend in 2016 with 92 percent of connecting passengers on Southwest.
An employee restocks the shelves at Dunkin’ Donuts in Concourse A on National Donut Day.
It was sweet way to kick-off the weekend, as the Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport celebrated National Donut Day. The popular chain offered a worldwide promotion where customers could receive a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. Passengers were quick to take advantage of the sweet deal, as lines could be seen throughout the day at both of the airport’s Dunkin’ Donuts locations. People love these glazed treats year-round, too. In 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts served nearly 1.2 million donuts to Lambert passengers. Stores can be found at Terminal 1 in Concourse A, and in Concourse E at Terminal 2.
Some tiny travelers with matching suitcases on their way to a holiday weekend of fun, kicking-off the busy summer season at Lambert Airport.
For many, travel is a big part of summer fun. Even with all the sunshine, warm breezes, starry nights, and frozen treats summer brings- when you’re on a trip with friends or family, it seems to make summer even sweeter. Peak summer travel season kicks-off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and Lambert is on a 10 percent growth trend for 2016 in passenger enplanements. Lambert’s airlines are responding with the introduction of more destinations, added flights, more seats and some upgrades in aircraft to certain cities through the summer. Lambert will have 255 daily departures from St. Louis beginning in June, and hit peak service to 70 non-stop destinations this year. Throughout the country, the airline industry is projecting a record level of airline travel this summer of 2.5 million passengers per day.
The remains of Navy Chief Store Keeper Herbert John Hoard were flown in to Lambert with full honors nearly 75 years after he died in Pearl Harbor.
The Pearl Harbor attack on U.S. forces were 75 years ago this year. Navy Chief Store Keeper Herbert John Hoard perished on Dec. 7, 1941, yet his remains were never fully identified or recovered until just a few months ago. The Missourian enlisted in 1923 in St. Louis. He served on multiple ships until his final assigment on the USS Oklahoma, which was attacked by Japanese aircraft and capsized, causing more than 400 casualties on that ship alone. Decades later, his arrival back in Missouri was met with great dignity and honor with pallbearers from the U.S. Navy and an escort team of U.S. Patriot Guard Riders. The escort returned Hoard to his hometown of Desoto where he is to be bured next to his parents at the Victoria Cemetery near Desoto.
The peak of one of the Terminal 1 domes can be seen through a window as a storm front passed over Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Spring storms piled up one after the other this week across the region with the peak of the storms hitting Lambert-St. Louis International Airport early Wednesday afternoon. Airfield operations were halted for a short time during the barrage of rain, wind and hail. People smartly rushed indoors from loading and pickup zones in front of the terminals, too, for a brief period until the severe threat passed on. Lambert recorded 1.5 inches of rain from noon Wednesday through Thursday morning. There was no damage to airport complex. However, more than 36,000 local customers lost power on Wednesday and there were many reports of damaged cars, homes and trees across St. Louis.
Rascal, the Budweiser Clydesdale, poses for photos during #STLthanksWeek at Lambert.
Passengers in Terminal 2 got quite a surprise this week with a visit from one very tall horse. A 6-year old Budweiser Clydesdale named Rascal, along with his handlers, stopped by for a meet-and-greet with travelers on Thursday. Clydesdales are known for their extra large stature, and Rascal stands over six feet tall at the shoulder. The appearance was for #STLthanksYOU, a celebration hosted by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport thanking St. Louis and its travelers. Other appearances included the Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags St. Louis, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ mascot, Fredbird. Live bands also performed each day in the concourses. Lambert’s airlines and tenant partners got in on the fun by adding their own colorful balloons and decor. Explore St. Louis had a prize wheel visitors could spin, Southwest handed out free snow cones to passengers on Tuesday, and United Airlines offered free candy and popcorn Thursday and Friday.
Sandy Estep gives her husband, James L. Estep, a hug after he returned to STL on a Greater St. Louis Honor Flight from Washington, DC.
More than 20 WWII and Korean War veterans returned to St. Louis after a whirlwind day trip to the nation’s capitol. When they arrived back home, hundreds of family members, supporters and volunteers with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight organization welcomed them home in Terminal 2. Honor Flight is a national program that pays tribute to our country’s aging war veterans with all-inclusive trips to Washington DC to visit memorials built in their honor. 88-year-old James Estep, a Fireman First Class in the Navy during WWII, was overjoyed to arrive and share a hug with his wife, Sandy. The two have been married 41 years. She says seeing his return brought on powerful emotions, as it did for so many area families. The veterans and their volunteer trip escorts started their day before sunrise to fly to DC on Southwest Airlines. More Honor Flight trips from St. Louis are scheduled throughout the year.
A side-by-side comparison of Lambert’s C16 gate area from the day after the tornado strike, and today.
Five years ago, at approximately 8:10 p.m. on April 22, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Terminal 1 suffered a direct strike from an F4 tornado. One of the most influential and iconic locations in aviation history was a disaster scene. This had never happened before to any major airport. Millions of dollars in damage was done to the airport facility, roadways, vehicles, and airlines. Yet in just 24 hours, the airport was operational again. This happened because of incredible emergency response and community support. Less than one year later, Concourse C was repaired. Interior upgrades that were planned before the tornado were also completed during that time. The result was a major transformation that tells an incredible story of change, progress, and a glimpse of what the future holds. See more at www.LambertExperience.com
Jasmine Bourne, Transportation Security Inspector-Canine, gets kisses from Eette following a TSA press conference for STL's new canine unit.
If you love dogs, you will be happy to know you’ll be seeing them more often at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. However, you will have to resist the urge to pet them because these special dogs are on duty. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced this week the introduction of their National Explosives Detection Canine Program to STL. These highly trained pups can discern explosive chemical molecules in the air surrounding moving passengers, thus expediting security screening and providing an additional layer of security at the Airport. The canines and their humans become a close-knit team. Each transportation security inspector in the canine program gets paired with a single dog. They live, work and train exclusively with each other- and there is a lot of love between them.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.