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.
Entertainment Scheduled at the Airport Thursdays and Fridays through May
The Lambert Art and Culture Program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is launching a spring music series beginning February 18 and ending May 20, 2016. Live musicians will be entertaining travelers in the concourses on Thursdays and Fridays each week from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“The Lambert Art and Culture Program has done so much to beautify our airport with incredible physical artworks,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Adding performance art, especially with some of the best local musicians, is a fantastic avenue to welcome our travelers in a uniquely St. Louis way.”
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. The music program is being managed by Contemporary Productions.
In May of 2015, the airport celebrated #LambertThanks customer appreciation week, which was the first time live bands were introduced into the gate areas. “The response was so overwhelmingly positive,” said Hamm-Niebruegge, “that even after one week we knew it was a concept worth pursuing.”
The entertainment schedule is as follows:
Performances will be on Thursdays and Fridays each week from 2pm – 5pm in the concourses.
My Friend Mike Duo
Tommy Halloran Duo
Jackson Howard Duo
Arvell and Co. Duo
Variety, RnB, top 40
Odds Lane Duo
Good To Drive Duo (of Whiskey Morning)
Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers (4 piece)
Bottom's Up Blues Gang (trio)
Johnny Henry Duo
Rock, Country, Variety
John Farrar Duo
*Schedule is subject to change
The mission of the Lambert Art and Culture Program is to create a visually outstanding impression of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, generate community pride, and ensure that art at Lambert continues to complement and build upon its rich visual legacy. Through both visual and performing arts, the program aims to highlight the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region, as well as works from national and international scenes.
The 2015 Catch Us Giving nominees pose for an overhead photo at the Catch Us Giving Annual Awards.
How many people would you guess work at Lambert St.-Louis International Airport? If you guessed over 7,000, you would be correct. All of those workers represent dozens of different companies, contractors, and departments here at the airport. Lambert celebrated those employees who were “caught” in 2015 giving great customer service through the airport-wide Catch Us Giving customer service recognition program. The public submits their positive comments, and the person they nominate becomes eligible for incentives and awards. 2015 was a record year, with nearly 1,200 nominations received, that’s a 178 percent increase over 2014. The Catch Us Giving Annual Awards included a live band, photo booth, candy bar, lunch buffet, and prize giveaways.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport awarded its Ambassador of the Year at the Catch Us Giving customer service annual awards reception Tuesday. The celebration honored hundreds of employees who were “caught” by the public in 2015 for giving great customer service.
The highlight of the event was when a crowded room rose to their feet as Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge announced Henry Ford from ABM/Super Park as the Ambassador of the Year. ABM Industries manages Airport parking and shuttle services. Ford is honored for going out of his way to personally return an envelope containing several thousand dollars cash to Larry Hart, a traveler who unknowingly left it on Ford’s shuttle bus. Mr. Hart, President of LJ Hart & Company, made a surprise appearance to help present the special award.
“I didn’t even know it was missing yet,” Hart said. “I was getting a very good shoe shine for my trip to France, and Henry comes in just running and hands me the envelope. The look on his face, so relieved to find me, tells you what a good person he is.”
The Catch Us Giving program has a key foundation of public involvement to “catch” Airport employees giving great customer service. Nearly 1,200 nominations were submitted in 2015, a growth of 178 percent over 2014. Employees from 40 different companies and employee groups were represented, up 30 percent from 2014. The Catch Us Giving Committee reviews all of the nominations each month and chooses two monthly winners. At the end of the year, they select the person who delivered the most outstanding act of customer service as the program ambassador.
“This type of airport-wide acknowledgement of employees going above and beyond for our passengers is one we look forward to every year,” said Hamm-Niebruegge. “Catch Us Giving is a great way for us to celebrate these exceptional people, while also providing us an opportunity to hear what means most to our guests.”
The reception also included special recognition for the monthly winners, a live band, photo booth, candy bar, lunch buffet, and prize giveaways. The event was sponsored by the Regional Business Council, Funjet Vacations, Air Choice One, and US Bank.
Expedited security clearance through U.S. airports for St. Louis travelers just got easier with the announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that a new Global Entry Enrollment Center has opened at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. This Enrollment Center is for processing applicants for CBP’s trusted traveler programs, such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. The trusted traveler programs allow expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. It is the first Global Entry Enrollment Center in Missouri.
“We are pleased to open a Global Entry Enrollment Center in St. Louis for those hoping to join the ranks of trusted traveler,” said Area Port Director Joseph Lanzante. “The new enrollment center provides a convenient, local center for people to complete their application process.”
The St. Louis enrollment center is now open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Terminal 2, via the International Arrivals entrance (Door 16). Interested travelers must first apply online through the CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System. Once the application is filed, the program will offer available appointment times for applicants to visit Lambert’s enrollment center for an in-person interview. Applicants should park in the Terminal 2 Garage. They can also park in the Terminal 1 Garage and take a free shuttle to Terminal 2.
“A Global Entry enrollment center in St. Louis is one of the biggest demands we’ve had from our business and global travelers over the last couple of years,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Now, St. Louis applicants no longer have to travel to other cities to finish the enrollment process.”
Upon arrival in the United States from abroad, Global Entry members are able to bypass the traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk. Travelers scan their passport and fingerprints, answer customs declaration questions using the kiosk’s touch screen and proceed with a receipt to the exit—the whole process takes only about one minute.
Global Entry has expanded to 52 locations, including 11 international preclearance locations. These locations serve 99 percent of incoming travelers to the United States. U.S. citizens enrolled in Global Entry automatically become eligible for benefits of TSA Pre✓™ for domestic travel. Travelers interested in enrolling in one of CBP’s trusted traveler programs can learn more about the programs at CBP.gov.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport wrapped up 2015 with its best year in passenger traffic since 2009. Lambert (STL) served 12,752,331 total passengers in 2015, a 2.9 percent increase vs 2014 (12,395,860 passengers). Enplanements (boarding passengers) for the year were up 2.7% with 6,376,297 passengers vs 6,206,499 in 2014. Arriving passenger traffic was up 3 percent with 6,376,034 passengers vs 6,189,361 in 2014.
“We saw passenger growth in 10 months over the year, and ended with a strong holiday season that saw passenger activity increase more than six percent in the final quarter,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Lambert’s airlines reported strong ticket sales throughout the year and we added four new non-stop destinations this year that certainly helped fuel this growth.”
Lambert’s new non-stop destinations in 2015 included Southwest Airlines’ service to Austin, TX (AUS) and Orange County, CA (SNA), Alaska’s service to Portland, OR (PDX) and Air Choice One’s new service to Jackson, TN (MKL).
Momentum from 2015 is carrying over to 2016. The addition of several more new non-stop destinations from St. Louis will push Lambert to more than 70 non-stop destinations by the peak summer travel season. Earlier this month Southwest began twice-daily service to Little Rock, AR (LIT). In March, Southwest will begin flying a daily non-stop to Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) and will then add twice daily service to Wichita, KS (ICT) and Des Moines, IA (DSM) in April. Frontier Airlines will begin 3x per week service to Atlanta, GA (ATL) in April. In June, Southwest will begin new service to Oakland, CA (OAK) - a new St. Louis destination- while also adding Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) to its network.
Southwest finished 2015 with a leading enplanement market share of 51.7 percent. American Airlines is 2nd in market share with 20 percent. Delta Air Lines is 3rd in market share with nearly 14 percent of enplanements at Lambert for the year.
Until then, air travelers can continue to use all official state IDs for boarding domestic commercial flights. Beyond the new deadline, those passengers carrying IDs that do not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
DHS also outlined a timetable for educating the traveling public beginning in 2016 with web-based advisories, handouts and airport signage.
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today applauded the announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of its plan to provide a reasonable time prior to initiating the enforcement of REAL ID requirements for passengers traveling on commercial aircraft.
“ACI-NA and its member U.S. airports applaud the decision by DHS to provide a reasonable timeframe prior to requiring passengers to present identification from a REAL ID compliant state in order to travel on commercial aircraft,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Through its decision to provide a two-year implementation timeframe, DHS clearly recognized the importance of minimizing the potential impact on the traveling public. ACI-NA and its member airports look forward to ongoing coordination with DHS and the Transportation Security Administration to advance initiatives to educate travelers and help to ensure a reasonable implementation of REAL ID requirements.”
Read official DHS Announcement and REAL Id Timeline.
DHS further states in its web post that it is in the process of planning how to enforce Real ID regulations at airports. However, there will not be any changes made without a minimum of a 120-day notice to the traveling public. Missouri, Illinois and a few other states are still working though compliance issues related to the Real ID Act.
Frontier Airlines announced it's expanding at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with new service to Atlanta beginning April 14, 2016. The non-stop flight between Lambert (STL) and Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) will be three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday). Introductory fares to Atlanta are as low as $39 (one-way) for flights through August 15 and are available now at www.flyfrontier.com.
Atlanta will be the seventh destination served by Frontier from Lambert. Frontier currently flies daily to Cancun, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Tampa Bay. St. Louis was one of multiple cities that will see expanded service from Frontier this spring and summer.
“Travelers between big cities have enjoyed low fares while many markets have remained overpriced and underserved,” said Frontier Airlines President Barry Biffle. “Frontier’s low fares in these new markets will benefit millions of new fliers who are forced to drive because they haven’t found affordable air travel options – or they simply stay at home. We see hundreds of additional opportunities like these throughout the country, fueling our growth for years to come.”
Just months after Lambert-St. Louis International Airport opened the door to host private events in its re-purposed Concourse B,Nicci Roach and Patrick Walker decided to take the plunge to pull off the first ever wedding at the Airport.
After several more months of planning, Nicci and Patrick walked down the aisle on December 19. He was in a white tux, she was in a gorgeous sequined wedding gown. The two strolled slowly with their wedding party down the white-tiled concourse floor to join their pastor and more than 300 invited guests. Soon after, they exchanged their vows of marriage.
The ceremony then transitioned to the reception just steps beyond the corridor to the open space of Concourse B and banks of windows that open up to views of Lambert’s airfield and other concourses. The couple’s party planner, Marc Williams with Seasons Floral Design, worked with Lambert and HMSHost, the airport’s master food and beverage concessionaire and in-house caterer, to create their perfect event. Elegantly dressed tables, a dance floor, a stage for the band and a custom buffet were all set up for this travel-themed wedding. Through the night, guests celebrated the couple’s new life while catching views of planes taxiing to the gate or getting ready to take to the skies. The couple’s story and the milestone event at Lambert were captured beautifully by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport expanded its offerings of special event, business, and private gathering spaces in December of 2014 with the addition of Concourse B, which has sweeping views of the airfield, expert catering services, and peak amenities. Concourse B offers 26,000 square feet of customizable space in a pre-secure area for easy access. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow a wash of natural sunlight during the day, and at night offer a view of the airfield’s glistening lights. Some of the many Concourse B rental features include A/V setup, stage setup, and separate breakout spaces. Events include 5 hours of parking. The Concourse B is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the Terminal 1 parking garage, and available for weddings, business gatherings, reunions, galas, banquets, conferences, and other special events. Rental rates are $1,800 for 5 hours on weekends, and $1,500 for 5 hours on weekdays.
For more information on Concourse B or Lambert's other rental spaces, click here, or contact Barbara Carter, Lambert Events Coordinator, at (314) 426-8007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.