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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.
STL’s new energy-efficient LED taxiway edge lights illuminate the airfield at night.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has nearly 2,700 taxiway edge lights positioned throughout the airfield, which can be recognized by their vibrant blue glow. These color-coded markers help aircraft and operational motor vehicles navigate STL’s miles of airfield pavement at night. More than 800 taxiway edge lights at Lambert have been replaced with new LED bulbs that use 50 percent less power. The lights will be part of the Airport’s interactive display at the Earth Day Festival in Forest Park on April 24. Visitors will also be able to get close to some of STL’s Earth-friendly electric, biodiesel, and Compressed Natural Gas powered vehicles, while learning more about the Airport’s environmental and sustainability efforts. After Lambert completed 31 energy reduction projects between 2010-2015, the Airport now saves 8.8 million kilowatt hours of energy each year.
Marvin Johnson of Construction Management Partners leads a roundtable discussion at STL’s Business Diversity Forum.
Over 400 people registered for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s 2016 Business Diversity Forum: Diverse Opportunities to Create new Successes held on Friday. The free event was designed to showcase new and ongoing development opportunities at Lambert Airport while creating an educational and networking opportunity for M/W/D/ACDBE’s to connect with prime contractors and airport decision makers. Highlights of the event included a keynote presentation by Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, an Airport status report from Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, and engaging roundtable discussions featuring 22 different topics. The schedule also included a networking breakfast, awards presentation, and vendor exhibition.
Furry members of the St. Louis Airport Police K-9 Unit come over to say “hello” to the camera during a routine Airport inspection.
Lambert loves being a pet-friendly airport for our travelers. But did you know that there are special dogs that work at the Airport every day? AAbel (left) and Orkan (right) are two of nine pups that make up the St. Louis Airport Police K-9 Unit. Not only do these happy faces help keep the airport safe, they love to greet travelers and make new friends while out on their rounds. Orkan, a three-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, “absolutely loves kids,” said his Officer. Specially trained and certified through the Department of Homeland Security, the dogs in Lambert’s K-9 Unit have had some pretty neat travels, too; like being called to work V.I.P. detail for Super Bowl games and Presidential inaugurations.
The Shaffey family, led by their two young children, head towards their gate in Concourse C.
It's Spring Break time, and it signifies the start of a peak travel season here at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. We spotted the Shaffey’s entering Concourse C, heading out for a week-long Spring Break vacation at Disney World. The little Shaffey's were all set with perfectly proportioned luggage in tow. Concourse C is a great place for junior flyers like these, as it is host to the 1,500 square foot educational Play Port playground, sponsored by The Magic House. Kids can play on this fun-sized airport, complete with a plane, air traffic control tower with a slide, car rental counters, luggage conveyor, while learning about transportation. Through the end of March, lots of little feet will be seen in our concourses while families are off to have some fun.
Installers with U.S.Art delicately unpack pieces of “Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best” to prepare it for display in Terminal 1.
It was a unique hand off from The Saint Louis Art Museum to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The result is an extended viewing of a colorful collage of fabric scrolls created by St. Louisans Steven and William Ladd. The artists, now based in New York, completed a museum residency where they conducted a community scrollathon involving more than 500 sets of hands from different schools and groups in St. Louis. Participants helped roll fabric that were then pieced together for the Ladd brothers’ work Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best. The artwork made of fabric, archival board, pins and metal trinkets was created in conjuction with the Ladd’s exhibition Scouts vs Sports? The brothers are known for unique, craft based art. The artwork is now on display near the entrance to the A Concourse in the lower level of Terminal 1 through September.
Jet bridge installation equipment at Terminal 2 perfectly frames the Air Traffic Control Tower.
Southwest Airlines is expanding their operations in Terminal 2, and has been in the process of installing two new jet bridges at gates E31 and E33 . The complexity and size of these large motorized walkways can take a week or more to assemble. These jet bridges are designed to fit multiple aircraft sizes. E31 can accommodate a Boeing 737-800, and E33 up to a Boeing 787. Lambert worked with Southwest on the configuration of the these jet bridges to ensure safe operations for arriving and departing aircraft. Gate E31 aligns west, directly towards the Air Traffic Control Tower.
A loader clears snow from the airfield during a snowstorm on Wednesday morning.
Most people associate this type of machinery with construction work. But at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport these specialty backhoes, called loaders, are used for snow removal. When winter weather hits, airports get to work fighting back snow and ice to keep the airfield safe and operational. It takes hundreds of specially trained people with highly specialized snow removal equipment to clear an airfield. Unlike street plows that pile snow on the sides of roadways, standing snow is a hazard on the airfield and must be relocated. The airport clears all major movement areas, such as runways and taxiways. It utilizes the help of contractors such as Midwest Landscape for the ramp areas, located closest to the building and airline gates. The loaders lift the snow from the ramps into dump trucks, who relocate it to safe place to melt away.
The Mike Halloran Duo entertains travelers in Concourse C, concluding the opening week of Lambert’s spring music series.
The Lambert Art and Culture Program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport launched a spring music series this week that features live local musicans in the concourses. Performances will be held Thursdays and Fridays each week from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. through May 20. The live bands will vary from solo artists, to duos and trios performing a wide range of musical genres that include Jazz, Blues, RnB, Top 40, Rock, Latin/World, Country and Singer/Songwriter. The entertainment will regularly alternate between Terminal 1 (concourses A and C) and Terminal 2. For a complete performance schedule, please click here.
St. Louis Rams merchandise is marked down at retail stores in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
After 20 years in the gateway city, the St. Louis Rams made a recent announcement that the franchise is relocating to Los Angeles, CA. With a sign that reads “Thanks for the Memories,” Hudson Group, an airport tenant that owns and operates Lambert’s retail stores, has lowered prices by up to 75% on St. Louis Rams merchandise in response to the news. Frequent fliers had gotten familiar with seeing St. Louis Rams clothing and gifts alongside St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Cardinals gear. Fortunately for St. Louis sports fans, there will still be plenty of Blues and Cardinals logos in Lambert. However, just like the team, St. Louis Rams merchandise will only be here for a limited time.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.