The Airport Experience renovation program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport crossed another milestone this week with the opening of new US Airways and Cape Air ticket counters. They are located across from the new American Airlines ticket area between Terminal 1 entrances 3 & 4. Both airlines moved their ticketing operation from other areas of the upper level Ticketing Lobby.
The new ticket counters feature more customer friendly self-check in kiosks and new baggage conveyer systems that will be activated at a later date. The renovations also includes new terrazzo flooring. Lambert is renovating all ticket counter areas in phases as part of the $70 million Airport Experience Program. Other renovations, including new ceilings, new lighting, new signage and improved restrooms, are ongoing throughout Terminal 1.
Lambert was welcomed with blue skies and the Blue Angels today. The U.S. Navy and Marines aviation demonstration team landed with five Boeing F/A-18s and famous "Fat Albert," a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules. The team landed around 9 a.m. for half-day visit at Boeing on the north side of Lambert's airfield.
The Blue Angels are scheduled to participate in the Chicago Air and Water Show this upcoming weekend.
Check out more pics from the Blue Angels visit at Lambert.
American Airlines’ Jim McDermott marshalls a MD-80 aircraft into the gate.
They are the men and women who work around and under the wing to turn an arriving flight into a departing flight. They are ramp agents and Lambert has some of the most dedicated around. We caught up with Jim McDermott who has been marshalling planes into the gates for 44 years. He started with Ozark, transitioned to TWA and now proudly wears AA on his safety vest. Ramp agents load and unload luggage and do all the temporary power hookups to the aircraft while it’s at the gate. And when the Captain wants to leave, ramp agents make it happen with a big push from a tug to clear the jetway.
A sneak peek at the new skylight view from the lower level in Terminal 1.
Sneak peek alert! Here’s a look to the the very near future. It’s the full skylight view as seen from the lower level of Terminal 1. An escalator and sign structure used to fill this void. As part of the on-going Airport Experience renovations, crews are midway through the build-out of a permanent atrium between the ticketing level and the lower level. This will give folks a sky view of sorts from the lower level as natural light spills through the open space. The rectangular floor opening will be the perfect frame for Lambert’s LED light show, too. The skylights in the terminal domes are awash in color nightly.
An F-4 Phantom takes off from Lambert Friday after a cross country fuel stop.
She’s an endangered species as far as war fighters go. An F-4 Phantom returned home briefly on Friday to Lambert’s airfield where McDonnell Douglas built more than 5,000 of the jets. The F4 Phantom was a critical aviation weapon beginning in the ‘60s. Today, there are fewer than 75 still flying. This jet is living its final years flying target practice missions for weapons testing at Tyndall AFB in Florida. While refueling, Boeing employees got a sneak peak at their own systems at work that enable the plane to be controlled remotely. On the side, the plane makes its round to a number of airshows. The pilot of this F4 was heading to the Sioux Falls Air Show.
The start date and schedule times are still pending, but Southwest Airlines has made a big push to bring back large jet service between Washington DCA and St. Louis starting this fall. Southwest,
which bought restricted slots from another airline, will provide two daily
roundtrips between DCA and STL with ticket sales expected to begin late July or
August. The service is expected to begin by early October.
The specific schedule for the new flights is pending a decision by the
Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) regarding a request by Southwest to modify the slot times that were
originally assigned to the previous carrier.
This is great news for our regular DC commuters. For some time, we've had more fliers than non-stop seats between St. Louis and Reagan National. Southwest has responded to our strong market. It is Lambert’s largest carrier currently providing 94 daily
flights to 33 destinations. Southwest will also begin two new daily non-stop
flights between St. Louis and San Antonio beginning August 12.
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Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.