Total Passengers up 9.3 Percent in First Six Months of 2016
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) continues to show strong growth in passenger traffic for 2016 with total passenger activity up 9.3 percent through the 2nd quarter. In the first six months of this year, 6.7 million passengers traveled through STL versus 6.2 million in 2015. In the just-released statistics for June, Lambert saw a 10.5 percent growth in total passengers for the month (1,290,938 vs 1,168,364 in June 2015). STL has seen passenger increases of seven percent or more in every month of 2016. February showed the biggest gain in traffic (vs Feb. 2015) with 15 percent growth in total passengers.
In other reporting categories, Lambert has seen a 2.7 percent growth in passenger aircraft departures and a one percent increase in cargo aircraft departures through the 2nd quarter of 2016. Overall aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings- all aircraft types) in the first six months is up three percent - 93,627 vs 91,026 in 2015.
“Just about every airline at Lambert has contributed to this growth through the addition of new non-stop destinations or adding bigger aircraft –which means more seats—to existing markets,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The new flights should continue the momentum of year-over-year growth through the remainder of 2016.”
Since the summer of 2015, STL has added or resumed service to 11 non-stop destinations beginning with Austin, TX (AUS) on Southwest Airlines; Jackson, TN (MKL) on Air Choice One and Portland, OR (PDX) on Alaska Airlines. In November, new service started to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA (SNA) on Southwest. Seven of those markets have been added since January on Southwest Airlines: Little Rock, AR (LIT); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Des Moines, IA (DSM); Wichita, KS (ICT); Oakland, CA (OAK); and Cleveland, OH (CLE).
During this peak summer travel season, Lambert airlines are operating 254 daily departures to 68 non-stop destinations.
The next phase of a bridge renovation project on Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will require a detour for all motorists accessing the Terminal 1 Parking Garage starting July 28. High clearance vehicles accessing Terminal 1 will also experience restrictions into the Terminal 1 roadways because of the project.
Beginning July 28, work will begin on the bridge impacting all LIB lanes over Air Flight Drive, which will also block the entrance into the Terminal 1 Garage. All traffic will be routed around the work zone on the westbound LIB lanes. Entrance to the Terminal 1 Parking Garage will be temporarily relocated to the exit plaza of the garage via a temporary entry lane on Departing Flights Drive off of LIB. Parking availability and payment operations will not be affected. Approximately 1,500 vehicles access the Terminal 1 Garage daily. Click here to see the full map of the Terminal 1 Garage Detour.
Construction scaffolding suspended beneath the bridge will also reduce the clearance height on Air Flight Drive, which is a major entry point into Terminal 1 from exit 236 off of I-70. All westbound 1-70 motorists are encouraged to avoid the Air Flight Drive construction zone by using Exit 238 to LIB to access both terminals. Vehicles 10’ 6” or taller will be unable to access the Terminal 1 Arrivals or Departures areas if traveling eastbound on LIB or northbound on Air Flight Drive. Motorists should access Terminal 1 from westbound LIB. High clearance vehicles traveling Eastbound I-70 can take Exit 237, then turn left on Brown Rd. to connect to the a Air Cargo Road. Drivers can then head back west and onto westbound LIB. Click here to see detour route to Terminal 1 for high clearance vehicles.
“We hope drivers remain understanding that although they may be temporarily inconvenienced, repairs to the bridge and the resulting detours are in the interest of putting safety first, which is our top priority,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The LIB bridge structure was built in the 1960’s and the repairs and maintenance in this project will extend the lifespan of the structure for decades. Crews will be replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge. Drivers should plan on adding extra time when traveling to or from the airport during this construction.
The detours and temporary Terminal 1 Garage entrance will be in effect until early November. The entire project will be complete by the end of November.
5:15 p.m. update:
Ameren Missouri restored full power to Terminal 1 approximately 5 p.m. today. A blown transformer caused a power outage at 11:15 affecting airlines and airport operations in Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C.
Emergency power was utilized immediately for health, safety and critical building operations. However, the outage caused issues with baggage delivery systems, airline computer stations and some gate operations. Approximately 10 flights were cancelled because of the outage. Many more flights were delayed. Airlines were able to process ticketing and handle some gate operations, but experienced delays during the outage. The TSA performed manual baggage checks as well during the outage. The Airport and concessionaires handed out bottle water and snack to passengers throughout the afternoon.
While power is restored, there are still some systems that will take longer to reset. Operations should be back to normal after 6 p.m. tonight.
The Airport will work with Ameren in the coming days to determine what may have caused the outage.
Terminal 1 airlines continue to work through issues related to a blown transformer that created a loss of full power for Terminal 1 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
Backup generators are currently providing power to health, safety and critical building systems for Terminal 1 and Concourse A & C. Airlines are still able to operate but their ticketing, gate and baggage delivery systems are impacted. There are delays and longer than normal waits for check-in for airlines in Terminal 1. Passengers flying out Sunday afternoon should arrive earlier than normal if they have confirmed their flight status with their airline.
Concessions and other services are also impacted by the power outage.
Airport crews and Ameren immediately responded to the outage and are working to restore full power later today.
This power outage does not affect Terminal 2 or Southwest Airlines.
Works by Prominent Architectural Photographer Ken Konchel on Display in Terminal 1
“St. Louis architecture forms the physical environment of our lives. It connects us to the past, it helps define our relationships to one another, and it gives us a sense of place and identity,” said Konchel. “Most importantly, St. Louis architecture enhances our creative legacy. Yet something so integral to the sense of who we are - something that contributes immeasurably to our quality of life - is often dismissed as mundane, taken for granted, or at worst ignored.”
Konchel hopes to raise awareness and appreciation for St. Louis architecture by presenting it as engaging, dynamic geometric arrangements. He describes his style as interactions that remove the context and distill architecture to minimalist relationships of shape, line, pattern, detail and/or texture.
His six images capture the beauty and subtleties of the West Campus Building of Washington University (formerly a Famous-Barr Department Store), St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Priory Chapel, the former American Zinc, Lead and Smelting Company building, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The large, backlit glass display windows allow admirers to view the works up-close and in detailed clarity.
The exhibit runs through May 2017, and can be viewed in Terminal 1 on the lower-level, along the passageways to and from baggage claim.
Ken Konchel’s exhibition is supported by the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which is dedicated to promoting local cultural works and institutions to area residents and St. Louis visitors. The Lambert Art & Culture Program is led by the seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee. Current members are Shelley Hagan, Wells Fargo Curator Corporate Art; Laura Helling, Director of Development for Wings of Hope; Marilu Knode, Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; and Freida L. Wheaton, Salon 53 and Founder of Alliance of Black Art Galleries.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is expecting continued strong growth in passenger demand as the peak summer travel season kicks off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Lambert is on a 10 percent growth trend for 2016 in passenger enplanements.
Lambert’s airlines are responding to the strong increase in passenger activity with the introduction of more destinations, more seats and some upgrades in aircraft to certain cities through the summer.
Additional flights and bigger aircraft this summer account for 2,000 more available seats per day, which is an eight percent increase year over year. Lambert will have 255 daily departures from St. Louis beginning in June. That’s an increase of seven flights per day versus last year.
This year, Lambert will hit peak service to 70 non-stop destinations. That includes new non-stop service from St. Louis to Oakland, CA (OAK) on Southwest Airlines beginning June 5. Southwest will also begin serving Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) that same day for a total of 103 daily flights this summer to 43 destinations. In addition to its new destinations beginning this June, 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 is on an 18 percent growth trend in 2016 with 92 percent of connecting passengers on Southwest.
Other destination additions since a year ago includes Alaska Airlines’ service to Portland, OR (PDX). This summer, Alaska will be expanding its second daily flight to Seattle, WA (SEA) to 7-days a week. Frontier Airlines also added three flights/week to Atlanta, GA (ATL) this spring. American Airlines has added an additional daily flight to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) this summer. Many airlines have increased capacity to some of the key cities in their networks.
The top increases in seat capacity from St. Louis versus the summer of 2015 include Denver, CO (Den)-Frontier Airlines, Southwest, United Airlines; Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)-Southwest; Austin, TX (AUS)-Southwest; Tulsa, OK (TUL)- Southwest; Los Angeles (LAX)-American, Southwest; Atlanta (ATL)- Delta, Frontier, Southwest; and Orlando, FL (MCO) Frontier, Southwest.
Even with additional seat capacity, many airlines are forecasting heavy passenger load factors, especially this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The airline industry is projecting a record level of airline travel this summer of 2.5 million passengers per day, an increase of 95,000 or 4 percent.
Most airlines recommend passengers arrive a minimum of 90 minutes before domestic departures; two hours before international departures. Wait times for check-in and security will vary by airport, by checkpoint and by time of the day. Infrequent travelers, travelers with young children or passengers with large amounts of luggage may want to allow for more time to get through ticketing and checkpoints during the summer travel season.
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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is beginning a bridge restoration project that will impact a majority of drivers traveling to and from the Airport beginning this week. Starting May 5, construction begins to repair the Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) Bridge over Air Flight Drive, which is one of the major entrances to the Airport, directly south of Terminal 1. LIB is also the main roadway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
In the first phase lasting approximately one month, all LIB traffic approaching the bridge will be routed to the north lanes while crews begin repairs to the south side of the bridge. The single lanes of traffic and temporary stop signs in place for the project will cause additional congestion on this roadway, especially at peak travel times. Drivers should plan on adding extra time when travelling to or from the airport during this construction.
The bridge repairs will continue in various phases through late fall of 2016. The bridge is in need of rehabilitation and maintenance due to its age. The structure was built in the 1960’s. Crews will be replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge.
Budweiser Clydesdale, Live Music, Mascots and More Planned for May 2 -5, 2016
Starting in May, travelers will see a whole new happy face greeting them at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). Lambert is celebrating their customer appreciation week in conjunction with National Tourism Week, May 1-7. The airport, which serves 13 million travelers a year, is unveiling a fun and friendly new campaign to celebrate St. Louis and thank its many travelers. The name comes with a built-in social media hashtag, #STLthanksYOU, and features a cute new character that can be seen throughout the terminals. Passengers can even take a selfie with the little guy as part of a new interactive display window in the Terminal 1 baggage claim (pictured).
“The airport is often visitors’ first or only impression of our city,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “With the 10 percent rise in passenger traffic we’ve seen so far this year, it’s important to remind our passengers of how appreciated they are, and it’s great to be able to do it in such a fun way.”
The #STLthanksYOU campaign will be promoted throughout the month of May. However, the main celebration comes during the first week with a variety of activities and entertainment scheduled for travelers.
Monday, May 2: Two Pedros Band | Concourse C | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3: Free Snow Cones by Southwest Airlines | Gates E14 & E16 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dave & Greg band w/ Tim McCready | Concourse A | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird | Terminal 2 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4: Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags St. Louis | T1 & T2 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Kara Baldus Trio feat. Regi Drake | Terminal 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: Budweiser Clydesdale | Terminal 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Johnny Chase Duo | Concourse C | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6: Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers | Terminal 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Airport tenant partners and airlines will be getting festive in their own, unique ways.
Lambert will be promoting #STLthanksYOU on their social media pages. Follow @FlySTL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
New Flights and Gates Added to Accommodate Growing Passenger Numbers
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport started strong in 2016 with a leap in passenger traffic ten percent higher than last year. In the first three months of 2016, the Airport served a total of 3,077,178 passengers (arriving and departing), as compared to 2,796,694 in the first quarter of 2015. February saw a dramatic 15.3 percent jump over last year’s numbers with 960,003 total passengers. January was up 9.8 percent (966,831 vs 880,250) and March improved 6.2 percent (1,150,344 vs 1,083,502). Total aircraft departures were up 4.3 percent, of which cargo departures increased 6.9 percent.
“We work closely with our airlines to meet growing demand for new service, and the public is responding,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “This is exciting news for our region, and we expect this passenger growth to continue with more new flights coming this summer.”
Lambert’s passenger numbers are projected to climb as the second quarter began with eight daily departures added by Southwest Airlines across six destinations. STL gained two new markets with twice-daily flights each to Des Moines, IA (DES) and Wichita, KS (ICT). The airline also added Pittsburgh, PA (PIT), second daily flights to Tulsa, OK (TUL) and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP), and previously seasonal service to Seattle, WA (SEA) is now year-round.
Lambert Airport will soon have a second option for travelers to reach the San Francisco Bay area with Southwest Airlines’ daily nonstop service to Oakland, CA (OAK) beginning June 5. Oakland is a new destination for the St. Louis region. Southwest is also adding nonstop service to Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) that same day. With the addition of this new service, Southwest will operate over 100 flights a day out of STL.
Southwest Airlines, which operates exclusively out of Terminal 2, expanded its terminal operations this month with the addition of two new gates, E31 and E33. The airline has installed two new jetways, new carpeting, new podiums and new counters at its new gates in advance of the new service. Improvements to the western gates of the terminal (E29-E33) also included refreshed finishes in the main corridor and restrooms, along with new retail and food kiosks to accommodate the growth in passengers to that area of the terminal.
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
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.