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Alaska Airlines Expanding at Lambert with New Service to Portland, OR

Alaska Airlines announced new non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Portland International Airport (PDX) that will begin July 1, 2015.

 The daily flights between St. Louis, MO and Portland, OR will be served on new 76-seat Embraer E-175 jets operated by Sky West Airlines.  Portland has been one of Lambert’s highest-demand markets without year-round non-stop service.

“Portland has been a key focus for us as a destination because of the strong demand within our business community. Portland is also a top market for leisure and vacation travel, as well,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Lambert Director.

Alaska Airlines, operating out of Lambert’s C Concourse, has offered non-stop service between St. Louis and Seattle since 2010. Last month, Alaska announced it’s expanding its Seattle service this summer with two daily roundtrip flights.

Alaska Airlines announced that the new E175 aircraft were purchased specifically for its St. Louis service and other new destinations in its network system.

"The E175 is new for the Alaska brand and fills a specific need to serve ‘long, thin routes' – destinations that are too distant for our regional aircraft, but currently don't have enough customer demand to fill a mainline jet," said Andrew Harrison, senior vice president of planning and revenue management for Alaska Airlines. "The smaller, but spacious, E175 jet will not only open up new cities, but provide feed traffic to our Northwest hubs, while giving customers a comfortable experience on these longer flights."

The new daily service will depart PDX at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in STL at 3:55 p.m. The flight will then depart STL at 4:35, arriving in PDX at 6:45 p.m.

Introductory fares are available for purchase by December 1 for travel between July 8 and September 30, 2015 at www.alaskaair.com.

FAA Flight Restrictions Impact Monday Evening Flights

The FAA issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) after 10:30 Monday, Nov. 24 related police activities east of the Airport. Approximately 10 inbound flights were diverted or cancelled. Outbound flights were not affected. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport remains open. The TFR is set to expire shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Travelers should check with their individual airlines for the latest flight status regarding Tuesday morning flights. 


Lambert Welcomes Operations and Finance Leaders to Executive Team

Two new members have joined the executive team at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport filling assistant director vacancies on the staff.  Ron Stella is the new Assistant Director of Operations & Maintenance.  Antonio Strong is the new Assistant Director of Finance & Accounting.  

Ron Stella is the former Assistant Vice President of Operations and Facilities at T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island. At Lambert, he is now supervising multiple operating departments, including Airfield and Grounds Maintenance, the Airport Operations (Communications) Center, Airport Building Maintenance, Airport and Airfield Electrical Maintenance, Housekeeping, Radio Systems, and Emergency Planning. Stella also manages compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport operations regulations and standards. 

Stella is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. He’s also held management positions at Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) in Massachusetts.  

Antonio Strong, from St. Louis, was most recently a Financial Analyst III (Iowa Finance Lead) for American Water Works Company working. At Lambert, his responsibilities include strategic financial planning and analysis, budgeting and controls, airport grant management and establishing airline rates and charges. 

Strong is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience in the field with management responsibilities focused on accounting, auditing, benefits administration, mergers & acquisitions, and internal controls. Prior to American Water Works, he’s held positions with Express Scripts, May Department Stores, Emerson Electric and Unisource Worldwide.  

Strong is the former Vice President of External Affairs for the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc- St. Louis Chapter. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Lambert Ready for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Rush

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Lambert airlines will soon see a steady increase of passengers as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  The Airport typically sees an increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic during the Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends this year from Friday, November 21 through Tuesday, Dec. 2.   

The airline industry is expecting more than a one percent increase in air travel this year with more than 24 million passengers flying on U.S. airlines during the 12-day holiday travel period.  Because of the volume of travelers flying through Lambert and airports across the country, passengers are urged to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their flights, especially if they’re checking luggage or traveling internationally.  

The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 30), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 26, is projected to be the second busiest day in this travel period.  Load factors on both of those days are at or near 100 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert. This means there will be few to no vacant seats on those flights. The two lightest travel days during the week are Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and Friday, November 28.  

Lambert, TSA and Airline officials offer a number of travel tips to make it easier for passengers during the busy travel season.

·        Arrive 2 hours ahead of a scheduled flight, especially if checking-in luggage or flying internationally.
·        TSA Pre™ is available at all checkpoints with participating airlines.
·        Liquids must be in 3.4 ounce containers or less; put in quart size, clear, plastic zip-top bag.
·        Do NOT wrap holiday gifts.
·        Remember to retrieve all items from the checkpoint after they pass through the security scanners. 
·        If picking up a passenger from Lambert Airport use one of the free cell phone lots instead of the parking garages.
·        For more information on prohibitive items, traveling with children, food and gifts, go to www.tsa.gov.
·        Access Lambert Airport information easily via your mobile phone at www.flystl.com.   

Lambert Passenger Traffic Increases for Third Straight Month

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport posted a nearly three percent increase in passenger traffic for the 3rd quarter of 2014, serving a total of 3,329,069 passengers.  Just released statistics show Lambert served a total (departing and arriving) of 1,018,950 passengers in September, a 1.6 percent increase year over year.  This follows increases in total traffic of 5.1 percent and 1.6 percent for July and August, respectively.  The rebound in the third quarter helped narrow the gap in total traffic declines posted in the first six months. The Airport saw a significant drop in traffic in the first couple of months of 2014, attributed to winter weather cancellations. Year to date, Lambert has served 9,349,174 passengers, off by 1.5 percent over the same nine months in 2013. 



Southwest Airlines, Lambert’s leading carrier, has seen a 2.4 percent increase in the number of departing passengers (enplanements) in the first nine months of the year. It currently has a 50 percent market share out of the 11 scheduled airlines that service St. Louis.



Lambert saw a significant jump in cargo traffic (departures) in September with a 22 percent increase. Year to date, cargo departures are up nearly 10 percent.  Air cargo freight for September, 10,587,593 lbs, was up nearly one percent for September.

Click here for full year-to-date statistics.

Lambert States Procedures for Dealing with Passenger Illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Projection (DHS) have just released information on steps being taken at airports to prevent the spread of Ebola.

 

Enhanced health screenings will be enacted at five major international airports:  New York's John F. Kennedy, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O'Hare, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson. These airports receive more than 94 percent of passengers who travel into to the U.S. from affected countries in West Africa.

 

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has not received any directive from local or federal agencies to alter its current emergency response plans regarding communicable diseases or illnesses.  Lambert has no direct international transoceanic service. Travelers from overseas must arrive into other domestic airports prior to flying to St. Louis.

 

Lambert would respond to any report of a threat based on its FAA certification procedures regarding communicable diseases or illnesses.  Procedures to respond to a potential communicable illness include isolating an arrival aircraft away from the terminal. The airport’s first responders would then assess the illness threat and alert other emergency response agencies and local health departments if necessary.

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  Tickets to the event are still available on line via PaPay at www.flystl.com/artoftravel.

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  

The Art of Travel is Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the B Concoruse. Tickets to the event are still available on line via PaPal at www.flystl.com/artoftravel.

Airport Cards: Lambert Photo of the Week

Camden, Addison and Colin West of Charlotte, NC show off their new STL Airport Trading Cards shortly after arriving here on vacation this week.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport joined nearly 20 other airports in the launch of a new trading card series earlier this month. The North American Airports Collectors Series (NAACS), featuring U.S. and Canadian airports, made its debut in Atlanta at the Airports Council International- North America Annual Conference. Airports get to prominently display their airport code, iconic pictures, facts and history to share with passengers, community groups, collectors, and others. USA Today recently profiled the new campaign. CNN Airports will soon air another piece on this unique marketing idea that unites airports and shares the great impact we have in each community. Log onto www.airportradingcards.com or follow #airportcards on Twitter to find the latest participants.and news. You can find STL cards at the Terminal 1 Information Booth.

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