St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge are leading a delegation this week in Mexico City that has already yielded a major agreement to develop international cargo activity through St. Louis.
The St. Louis delegation, which also includes the World Trade Center of St. Louis, has been meeting with the Governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, E. Anthony Wayne. The Governor of the State of Mexico announced Tuesday the intent to form an official partnership with St. Louis and Lambert Airport to develop an international cargo program with St. Louis as a key hub for the State of Mexico’s international imports and exports. The partnership would involve Toluca International Airport (TIA), which serves the largest industrial region in the country of Mexico.
“This advances the Airport’s strategic plan to establish and grow scheduled international cargo activity and it certainly advances our dual customs project that would be key to facilitating Mexican cargo shipments through St. Louis,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
Governor Ávila pledged great support to promote the project, which still needs to be approved by the government of Mexico. During these meetings, U.S. Ambassador Wayne also pledged to support this important commerce development. The St. Louis delegation also shared letters of support for the project from Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt as well as U.S. Representatives for Missouri, Ann Wagner and WM. Lacy Clay.
"We are here on an important mission for St. Louis, Missouri, and the Midwest to improve logistics between moving cargo between St. Louis and Mexico," Mayor Francis Slay said. "I want to thank the honorable Governor Eruviel Ávila, for his warm welcome, and I am encouraged by his enthusiasm, support, and partnership to work with us to bring a dual-customs facility to St. Louis."
Mexico is the third largest foreign trade partner for the St. Louis region valued at more than $3.5 Billion in total trade (commodities). The delegations meeting in Mexico this week are still working on next steps and timetables for additional meetings that will focus on the details of a formal commerce agreement.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is proud to recognize and award three Outstanding Employees of the Quarter. Tina Graves, Administrative Assistant II with Materials Management, and Lead Airfield Operations Specialists Jonathan Longo and Norman Schlaack, all received honors at Lambert's Airport Commission Meeting.
Graves (left) was presented her award by Assistant Director of Finance and Accounting, Antonio Strong (right). When the Procurement Manager II retired recently, Graves did a superior job of taking on the additional responsibilities of that position to keep Materials Management highly functional and running smoothly.
Assistant Director of Operations and Maintenance, Ronald Stella (right), awarded both Longo (left) and Schlaack (middle). Longo updated Lambert's latest Airfield Certification Manual amendment in a record time of 3 weeks, expediting a process that can often take two months or more to complete. Schlaack developed and formatted the new Lambert Airfield Condition Report, also in just 3 weeks, making it easily readable and containing more specific information that is distributed to Lambert's tenant airlines.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is holding its first ever job fair to help fill dozens of vacancies for a wide range of airport jobs for the City of St. Louis. The job fair is free and open to the public. It will be held on Thursday, April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the B Concourse of Terminal 1.
The Airport has more than 40 job openings. Attendees can also get information on other City of St. Louis civil service jobs with vacancies in over 40 job categories. The job fair will outline how to apply for jobs with the City of St. Louis. A limited number of computer terminals will be available to file online applications. No paper applications will be accepted during the event.
The Airport is looking to fill vacancies in multiple departments: airfield maintenance, electric shop, building maintenance, climate control (HVAC), materials management (supply chain), fleet maintenance, and information technology and airport police. Representatives from each department at the Airport will greet attendees, answer questions, and provide information on their career field and current job openings.
Attendees will receive complimentary parking in the Terminal 1 Garage. The B Concourse is located across from Starbucks in the lower level of Terminal 1.
For more information on the job fair, contact Lambert Airport Human Resources at 314-890-1335 or 314-426-8024.
Click here to view the complete list of Civil Service jobs vacancies with the Airport and the City of St. Louis.
Weddings at the airport? Absolutely. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has expanded its offerings of special event, business, and private gathering spaces with sweeping views of the airfield, expert catering services, and peak amenities.
View the full list of venues, rates, and amenities here.
The newest location is Lambert’s B Concourse, which provides the perfect backdrop for large gatherings with nearly 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 B Concourse rental features include private restrooms, A/V setup, stage setup, and separate breakout rooms. Events include 5 hours of parking. The B Concourse 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 $1,500 for 5 hours on weekends, and $1,300 for 5 hours on weekdays.
The Lindbergh Conference Room is also a new meeting and event facility for St. Louis business gatherings. This 1,200 square foot space is located on the pre-security upper-level of Terminal 1, and boasts beautiful views of the airfield, space for up to 200 people, and convenient access from the entire airport complex and MetroLink. The facility is fully equipped for A/V needs with wireless and overhead microphones, HDMI and VGA plugins, electric outlets imbedded into an 18-seat conference table, front projector screen with six additional monitors, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The Lindbergh Conference Room is available for $100/hour, or $600 daily. Catering is also available.
Lambert’s original event space, offered at the Missouri Vineyards and Norton conference rooms, are conveniently located pre-security on the Ticketing level of Terminal 1. Connected to the Missouri Vineyards restaurant, there are three distinct spaces for social events, small conferences or one-on-one meetings. The largest space offers elevated views of the airfield for up to 120 guests. Catering and discount parking are available. Operated by HMSHost, these areas can be rented for up to $95/hour or $500 daily.
Ribbon cutting for the first Southwest Airlines' flight out of Lambert-St. Louis. (upper left) Southwest's 30th birthday party celebration. (upper right) Southwest airliner arriving this morning at Lambert. (bottom)
Southwest celebrates 30 years after it began service at Lambert on St. Patrick's Day in 1985. Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines, was joined by several St. Louis area leaders for an inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony at their single gate. Southwest's initial service out of St. Louis consisted of 19 flights a day to Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, and New Orleans. Over the past 30 years, Southwest Airlines has become Lambert's biggest airline, operating nearly 100 flights a day to 36 destinations.
Southwest Airlines' St. Louis team celebrated by having a 30th birthday party today at Lambert, as shown in the top right photo. Employees enjoyed food, beverages, small carnival games, and a huge celebratory custom cake.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recognized its customer service Ambassador of the Year and honored dozens of other employees who have been “caught” giving great customer service in 2014.
The Ambassador of the Year is Dorothy Lathrop, a Supervisor Transportation Security Officer (STSO) for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). She was a Catch Us Giving winner in August after helping to locate several soldiers in the C Concourse who were about to miss their bus to Fort Leonard Wood. Once she found them in the concourse, she urged them to leave immediately to make the bus so they could avoid any risk of discipline. In the end, she also covered their restaurant tabs totaling more than $70.
“Dorothy demonstrated empathy and went well beyond her scope of work to help out these young men who, no doubt, were grateful for her kindness and concern,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We have many other airport employees who make a daily commitment to excellent customer service for our passengers which builds a positive and lasting impression for Lambert and the St. Louis region.”
“I sincerely applaud Dorothy’s generous act of taking care of our servicemen,” said Bill Switzer, Federal Security Director for Missouri. “Her very thoughtful and sincere actions were in keeping with her convictions of always doing the right thing.”
The Catch Us Giving Annual Awards Celebration honored all the customer service nominees for 2014. More than 170 employees of Lambert and its Airport partners, tenants and airlines received nominations.
Employees are nominated, or “caught,” by customers, colleagues or their supervisors for superior customer service moments. Lambert received more than 500 Catch Us Giving nominations in 2014. The Catch Us Giving Committee, consisting of representatives from major Lambert tenants, airlines and service providers, elects two monthly winners, who are then eligible for the Ambassador of the Year award.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport unveiled a 5-year strategic plan to build on the momentum of several transformational campaigns that have improved airport facilities, improved customer services and strengthened air service over the last several years. Visit www.lambertexperience.com to see the full story.
Lambert’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, first made public before the St. Louis Airport Commission meeting Feb. 4, is built on a foundation for operational excellence with four core objectives:
· Sustain and grow passenger air service
· Strengthen financial stability
· Create a positive and lasting impression for the region
· Generate economic development
Each of the core objectives are linked to key metrics for success. Some of the metrics include lowering cost per enplaned passenger, growing non-aeronautical revenues, increasing the number of non-stop markets, improving airport satisfaction scores, increasing cargo revenues and generating more revenue from underutilized land assets. For the full strategic report, click here.
“This is an exciting story of change, of progress and a glimpse of what the future holds for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “This is the Airport’s first strategic plan in more than two decades that goes beyond expansion projects or major airport construction projects. This is about revenue growth, financial stability and helping to empower our region for economic success.”
The Airport’s strategic plan was developed with the collaboration of the St. Louis business community with support by Civic Progress and the Regional Business Council. The road map fits St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's vision of growing the region's economic health and capitalizing on one of its greatest assets.
A community advisory group, consisting of business and regional leaders, helped shape the plan along with the Airport’s key management team and several members of the St. Louis Airport Commission. The plan was facilitated by Collaborative Strategies.
Lambert’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is being launched following the just-completed $70 million Airport Experience Program. Airport Experience renovations, which began in 2008, focused on major interior and operational improvements to Terminal 1, Concourses A & C, as well as new airport signage on roadways leading to both Terminals 1 and 2. The final project in the program was completed in December 2014 with the installation of a new copper roof for Terminal 1, replacing the original 1956 copper roof that was beyond repair. Another $30 million was invested in facilities as part of the recovery from the 2011 tornado. Another $50 million was invested in a more efficient and secure outbound baggage system, which made its debut in both terminals in 2014. The transformation of terminals and concourses can be seen at www.lambertexperience.com .
In addition to the major makeover of airport facilities, the Airport has also been successful in responding to and overcoming major airline flight reductions, expanding retail and restaurant offerings, building new business and community partnerships, and creating an art and culture program that helps create a more welcoming gateway for 13 million passengers and visitors every year.
Southwest Airlines flight 1625 from Los Angeles circles just south of St. Louis's Tower Grove Park before landing at Lambert on January 30.
It's one of the fascinating experiences of flying, getting the window seat for an aerial view of the city you know so well from the ground. Descending down from the clouds, after flying at 30,000 ft. plus in the air, pilots maneuver the aircraft to line up the plane for its designated runway. Whether the aircraft circles in or makes a straight shot toward the runway, these are the fun few minutes passengers get to spot familiar highways, parks, neighborhoods and other landmarks. In 2014, airline pilots made their final approach into Lambert-St. Louis International Airport 80,581 times. That's an average of 220 per day and more than 250 during peak summer travel months. Southwest Airlines carried the most passengers again this year, serving 6.2 million travelers. It took 29,918 final approaches to pull that off. And another 29,918 takeoffs, too.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport served 12,384,015 passengers in 2014, a 1.5 percent decrease in total traffic versus 2013. Enplanements (industry standards for boarding passengers) for the year were down 1.6 percent or 6.2 million. Arriving passenger traffic was down 1.4 percent, or 6.14 million this year.
The slight decline in year-over-year passenger activity is strongly linked to the first quarter when a number of winter storms across the U.S. caused widespread cancellations. For instance, in January 2014, passenger activity dropped 6.5 percent, mostly due to flight cancellations.
“Even though St. Louis was hit with a few storms, the real decline was linked to weather that caused major disruptions along the eastern seaboard,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “As we look to 2015, we already see positive passenger service developments with new non-stop service starting to Austin, TX, Portland, OR, and Fort Dodge, IA.”
For 2014, Southwest Airlines recorded a market share of 50.4 percent for passengers served at Lambert. American airlines recorded a 14.4 percent followed by Delta with 13.9 percent of passenger traffic.
Art, architecture and aviation enthusiasts now have a chance to own limited edition prints created from reclaimed copper from the historic Terminal 1 roof at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Three St. Louis presses each developed imagery inspired by Lambert and the nostalgia of travel as part of a commission by the Lambert Art and Culture Program. The Firecracker Press, Pele Prints, and Yellow Bear employed a variety of processes, including woodcuts, etching, and chine-colle to alter reclaimed copper tiles. This allowed 60 years of marks to be forever impressed into these pieces of fine art.
In 2014, Lambert completed the replacement of the terminal’s original copper roof installed prior to its opening in 1956. The presses each transformed one of the weathered, historic tiles into a printmaking plate. The malleable copper tiles, shining with a green patina from years of wear and weather, were conditioned and shaped by the presses, ultimately forming printmaking plates to transfer imagery onto paper.
The three series of prints are 15” x 20”. Artist Amanda Verbeck of Pele Prints used the copper plate to incorporate flight paths onto colorful paper airplanes for “Take Fight.” Gina Alvarez of Yellow Bear used the copper to produce clouds connected by aviation navigation paths in “I Remember When.” The Firecracker Press used both copper and woodcuts to create whimsical setting featuring a couple taking off on vacation at Lambert in “The Honeymoon.”
“These are beautiful works of art that appeal to both art lovers and those interested in the historic Lambert terminal,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Each purchase directly supports the continued exhibition of art at Lambert, an added bonus for both travelers and our community.”
These limited edition prints are for sale via the Lambert Airport Art shop on Etsy and through Lambert’s PR office at 314-426-8125. The Lambert Art and Culture Program sponsors both temporary exhibitions and permanent art installations with a mission to enhance the visual appearance of the Airport and support the arts in the St. Louis region.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.