St. Louis Airport Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) will participate in a live-burn simulation as part of a three-day training exercise this week, September 16-18, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The training will take place on a parking lot within the Airport’s secured airfield off of Navaid Road between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day.
The training exercise uses a Mobile Aircraft Trainer, a 50 foot fuselage capable of producing simulated fires including a fully engulfed aircraft. The mobile trainer is provided by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, which conducts more than a dozen firefighting courses annually across the country.
After rave reviews a year ago, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is once again featuring a premier food experience for its 5th annual Art of Travel event which supports the Lambert Art and Culture Program.
More than 400 guests will experience an in-depth French menu prepared on-site by a team of chefs who will fly-in for the October 1 event. The Art of Travel menu features six chef stations. At the Poissonerie station, chefs will prepare Grouper Provencal with a tomato-caper relish. The Charcuterie station will feature lamb rillete. The Creperie station will feature both the savory and the sweet: chicken mushroom crepes and baked apple tarte. At the bistro station, guests can dine on steak frites and a dijon-thyme prime rib. Ménage Foie and shaved duck prosciutto are highlights of another chef station. It’s all rounded off with the Patisserie station featuring sweet French éclairs. See the full menu here.
The chefs appear courtesy of global restaurateur HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and beverage concessionaire and a world leader in travel dining. The culinary team includes executive chefs from HMSHost’s operations at Airports in Chicago, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale and St. Louis. The team is headed by Jeff Steelman, Vice President of Culinary Operations and Patrick Malone, Director of Culinary Standards.
HMSHost also provides custom catering for the Airport’s event spaces including Missouri Vineyards, the Lindbergh Conference Room and the 25,000 sq. ft. B Concourse, where the Art of Travel is being held. Live music by Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band, and a silent auction of travel and art experience packages.
The Art of Travel menu will also feature a signature French drink along with beer and wine for all guests. The event runs 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Parking is free for all guests. Tickets can be purchased online through www.artoftravelstl.com.
Another highlight for this year’s event is the exclusive sale of 75 pieces of jewelry, hand crafted from reclaimed copper from the Airport’s original Terminal 1 roof. The Airport commissioned four St. Louis area artists to create the Art of Travel Copper Collection: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker. Check out the latest pictures and videos of the artists’ work at www.artoftravelstl.com.
The Art of Travel will present live music by Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band. Guests can also bid on a silent auction of travel and art experience packages. The Chairs of the 5th Annual Art of Travel are Susan Barrett, Kelly Peck and Dorte Probstein.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will unveil its Art of Travel custom jewelry Copper Collection on September 24 at the Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design. The free sneak preview event will showcase more than 75 pieces of jewelry by local St. Louis metalsmiths who are handcrafting their works from reclaimed copper remnants of the Airport’s original Terminal 1 roof.
The jewelry will be sold one week later at the Airport’s 5th annual Art of Travel event on Oct. 1. Tickets are on sale through www.artoftravelstl.com. The Airport has commissioned four St. Louis area artists to create the Art of Travel Copper Collection: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker.
The artists will be on hand to greet visitors at the sneak preview event September 24 from 5-8 p.m. at Craft Alliance’s Delmar Galleries, 6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130. Guests will also have a chance to win exclusive Art of Travel prints from the airport’s 2014 event and will receive store discounts with Art of Travel ticket purchases. Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is the official Art Partner for the 5th annual Art of Travel.
“We’ve been a long-time supporter of local artists. Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker have evolved with us not only through the shop, but with teaching and connecting with our community,” said Stephanie Kirkland, Director of Exhibitions & Artists-In-Residence Program.
Guests at the sneak preview event can submit advance bids on a few of the signature pieces of the collection. The rest of the 75-piece collection will be available for sale the night of Oct. 1 exclusively to Art of Travel attendees. The collection will feature more than 40 distinct designs for earrings, necklaces, money clips, cuff links and bracelets. Check www.artoftravelstl.com for latest pictures and videos of the artists at work on the Copper Collection.
The Art of Travel is the Airport’s signature social event that supports the Lambert Art & Culture Program and the mission to expand permanent installations and temporary exhibits. The Art of Travel event on October 1 will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Terminal 1’s Concourse B.
In addition to the custom jewelry, the 5th annual Art of Travel will feature the return of premier chef tables with a touch of gourmet French fare by HMSHost, signature Art of Travel cocktails, live music featuring Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band, and a silent auction of travel and art experience packages.
The Chairs of the 5th Annual Art of Travel are Susan Barrett, Kelly Peck and Dorte Probstein.
Airport Revenue News has announced that Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, is its Director of the Year in the medium airports category.
“ARN is proud to choose Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge for this award," says Ramon Lo, publisher of ARN. "Rhonda has led the airport through tornado damage and reductions in air service to a point where STL is now poised to take the next step."
Airport Revenue News (ARN) is a monthly magazine and multi-channel media outlet that covers the business of airports including retail, food and beverage, development and other passenger services. ARN said its choice for Hamm-Niebruegge as director of the year was based on her extensive career in the aviation industry and the many achievements she’s had in her five-year tenure with the airport including gains in air service that followed the drastic reduction in flights. ARN also cited the recent completion of Lambert’s Airport Experience renovation program that modernized Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C. Earlier this year, Lambert announced a five-year strategic plan aimed at further increasing air service, strengthening the airport’s financial standing, growing cargo revenues and more. Hamm-Niebruegge co-chairs the Airport Council International-North America's medium-hub airports committee and sits on the U.S. Government Affairs Committee.
“I’m honored to be chosen for this recognition among a field of so many accomplished airport directors who are all making great strides to navigate and excel in an ever-changing industry,” says Hamm-Niebruegge. “This honor really speaks to the excellence and dedication of our entire STL team, which has overcome many unique challenges in St. Louis, with the end goal of transforming Lambert into a more vibrant regional asset by creating new opportunities to grow air service, foster economic development and sustain a welcoming experience for all of our visitors, passengers and customers.”
Lambert is the largest medium hub airport in the U.S. with 6.1 million enplanements (boardings) in 2014 according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest passenger statistics. There are 31 medium hub airports. The smallest medium hub airport in 2014 was Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA with 1.9 million boardings.
Hamm-Niebruegge will be interviewed in and featured on the cover of ARN’s November issue. She will be presented this award at the ARN Awards Show on the final night of the ARN 2016 Revenue Conference & Exhibition in Dallas.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has unveiled a new art exhibit with the debut of The Sheldon Art Galleries’ Wonderful Winds: Musical Instruments from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, which runs now through December 13, 2015 at the Lambert Gallery. An opening celebration will be held on Thursday, August 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1, featuring music by Samba Bom.
The exhibit features a selection of beautiful and exotic wind instruments from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central and North America, which are a part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, a major donation of over 2,500 historic and contemporary world musical instruments made to the Sheldon Art Galleries in 2014 by Dr. Aurelia and Jeff Hartenberger and their family members.
Inspired by the growing interest in world music, aided by the ease of world travel and communication, the exhibit includes a figural Mpiru tribal flute of the Bwa culture of Burkina Faso, a beautifully carved janus head divination whistle from the Sundi People of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spectacular jeweled conch shell trumpet from Tibet, and a sheng (or mouth) organ from China made of bamboo. It also features are a flute in the shape of a crocodile which represents the spirit Nashut from Papua New Guinea, and a “Bull Roarer” from the Asmat People from the Region of Irian Jaya, Papua Province, Indonesia.
Several pieces in the exhibit represent Latin American countries, including a double-chamber water flute from Peru, and a Mayan whistle from 500 to 800 B.C.E. Also on view will be a selection of European folk instruments like a German button accordion, a pair of early crumhorns, a dvojnice whistle-flute from Bosnia and a kaval flute from Bulgaria.
Our nation’s military is also honored with a display of historic musical instruments dating from the Civil War, World War I and World War II. These include a Civil War clairon bugle and fife, a “triple twist” bugle from World War I and a U.S. Regulation field trumpet (bugle), used by the U.S. Army Cavalry in World War II.
The exhibition is guest curated and text panels are written by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger. The exhibition is organized by The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri. Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council. Exhibits at the Lambert Gallery are selected by the Airport’s seven-member Art Advisory Committee. It features works from local and regional arts organizations. Previous exhibitors include the Missouri Fiber Artists, Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, Missouri State Museum, Foundry Art Centre, Craft Alliance and the Griot Museum of Black History.
To see more of the Hartenberger World Music Collection and other exhibits of fine art and architecture, visit The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63108. More information at www.TheSheldon.org. The instrument collection can also be searched online at www.hwmconline.com.
Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Support is provided by the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has promoted Ron Stella and Antonio Strong to the Airport’s 4-member senior executive team. Stella is now the Deputy Director of Operations & Maintenance. Strong is now the Deputy Director of Finance & Administration. They will join Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Airport Director, and Jerry Beckmann, Deputy Director of Planning & Development, on the senior executive team.
Ron Stella was promoted from the Assistant Director of Operations & Maintenance, a position he’s held since November 2014. As Deputy Director, Stella will supervise multiple operating departments, including Airfield and Grounds Maintenance, the Airport Operations (Communications) Center, Airport Building Maintenance, Airport and Airfield Electrical Maintenance, Security Operations, Housekeeping, Radio Systems, and Emergency Planning. Stella also manages compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport operations regulations and standards.
Prior to joining Lambert, Stella was the former Assistant Vice President of Operations and Facilities at T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He’s also held management positions at Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) in Massachusetts.
Antonio Strong was promoted from the Assistant Director of Finance & Accounting, a position he’s held since November 2014. As Deputy Director, he will supervise the departments of Finance & Accounting, Properties Department and the Business Diversity Development Office. The key business and financial operations under his leadership will be strategic financial planning, budgeting and controls, airport grant management, airline rates and charges, airline relations, concessions and service contracts, as well as M/W/DBE certification and compliance programs, which promote business opportunities for disadvantaged, minority and women businesses for Airport and other St. Louis City departments.
Prior to joining Lambert, Strong was Financial Analyst III (Iowa Finance Lead) for American Water Works Company working in St. Louis. He 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 held positions with Express Scripts, May Department Stores, Emerson Electric and Unisource Worldwide.
The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Terminal 1 MetroLink Station will temporarily close Monday, July 27 for construction, and is scheduled to reopen on Monday, August 10. Service will end at the Terminal 2 MetroLink station.
During the closure, Lambert Airport will provide free shuttle service for MetroLink passengers between the Terminal 2 MetroLink Station and the Terminal 1 MetroLink Station. Riders are encouraged to allow extra time during these trips, as they may experience delays of up to 30 minutes when using the shuttle service. MetroLink Red Line service east of Lambert Airport Terminal 2 MetroLink Station will not be affected, and trains will operate on normal weekday and weekend schedules.
The Terminal 1 MetroLink station will be shut down for a rehabilitation project that includes repairing concrete, adding tactile strips to the station platform, upgrading the electrical system, painting, and the installation of energy efficient LED lights. This is the first major improvement to the station since it opened in 1994.
The Airport will have signage to help direct passengers to the Terminal Shuttles.
One side of the Lambert Airport Terminal 1 Station platform will be closed between 8 p.m. Friday, July 24 until end of service on Sunday, July 26 as crews begin preparing for the rehabilitation project. MetroLink will remain on a normal operating schedule, with but with train access on only one side of the platform during this period.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is managing the project contractor and funding the improvements to the Terminal 1 MetroLink Station. Both Airport MetroLink stations are owned by Lambert Airport.
Additional information is available at metrostlouis.org or by calling Metro Transit Information, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345.
Retains Position as Top Medium Hub Airport in the U.S. through 2014
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reports positive passenger growth through the first two quarters of 2015 with a 1.7 percent increase in total passengers. In all, Lambert served 6,123,510 passengers through June 2015, versus 6,020,105 in the first six months 2014. The second quarter of 2014 saw growth of 1.5 percent - 3,336,133 passengers versus 3,288,137 in the same period (April-June) of 2014. June saw a slight dip of 1.2 percent in passenger traffic, but that followed stronger activity of year over year growth in April (3.3 percent) and May (2.6 percent). Lambert reported a 2 percent passenger growth in the first quarter of 2015.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) just released 2014 calendar year passenger statistics for U.S. Airports. Lambert retains its position as the largest medium hub airport in the U.S., ranked 31st busiest in the U.S. and 35th in North America. According to ACI-NA, Lambert served 12,384,015 passengers in 2014. The FAA, which bases its rankings on departing traffic, reported 6,108,758 enplanements for Lambert in 2014.
This summer, Lambert’s nine airlines are operating 253 daily departures to 63 non-stop destinations. Vacation charter flights account for an additional 13 weekly flights to Mexico and Caribbean destinations. In July, Lambert launched new daily service to Portland, OR (Alaska Airlines), Austin, TX (Southwest Airlines) and Jackson, TN (Air Choice One). Lambert has also announced additional new non-stop service to John Wayne Airport (Orange County), CA that will begin this November and Little Rock, AR in January.
Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier, with a 53 percent market share through June 2015. American Airlines (including US Airways) is second in market share in St. Louis with 20 percent. Delta is third with 13 percent.
In the continuing effort to support the creation of new artworks, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has commissioned a custom jewelry collection that will be offered for sale at its 5th annual Art of Travel event. The commissioned jewelry is one of many highlights for the annual fundraiser, which benefits the Lambert Art and Culture Program. This year’s event, on October 1 in Terminal 1’s Concourse B, will celebrate the romance, glamour and mystery of Paris. The event will be held from 6- 9 p.m. The Chairs of the event are Susan Barrett, Kelly Peck and Dorte Probstein. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.artoftravelstl.com for tickets and event information.
The commissioned jewelry collection is being created by four St. Louis area artists: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker. The artists will use reclaimed pieces of copper from Lambert’s original terminal roof, which was replaced in 2014. The full jewelry collection will debut at the Art of Travel with prices beginning around $40. A few exclusive pieces will be offered for more than $1,000. Lambert is collaborating with Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, the official Art Partner for the Art of Travel, to offer an exclusive “first look” at a few select works from the collection prior to the Airport’s event.
An exhibition, “Art of Travel: St. Louis Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design,” featuring previous jewelry creations from each of the artists, is now on display in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge through this fall. Lisa Colby operates a studio in St. Louis and teaches metalsmithing techniques around the United States. Peg Fetter has collections on display in galleries around the world and teaches metalsmithing at several institutions: Craft Alliance, Saint Louis University and Fontbonne University. Adam Foster operates a studio in St. Louis and makes distinctive jewelry using old world techniques. Jenny Walker also maintains a St. Louis studio selling at juried art fairs and on the wholesale market.
In addition to the custom jewelry, the 5th annual Art of Travel will feature the return of premier chef tables with a touch of gourmet French fare by HMSHost, signature Art of Travel cocktails, live music featuring Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band, and a silent auction of travel and art experience packages. The event is expected to top 400 guests this year in Concourse B, which is the only rental venue in St. Louis that offers an entertainment space with views of an active airfield. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Tickets include food, drinks, parking and entertainment. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. Donations to the Lambert Art and Culture Program are also accepted. Visit www.artoftravelstl.com for latest information.
The Art of Travel is the Airport’s signature social event that supports the mission to feature more art and cultural works at the Airport through permanent installations and temporary exhibits. The Lambert Art and 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.
St. Louis' famous frozen treat has been a year-round craving for generations. Now, Ted Drewes familiar yellow frozen custard cups can be found minutes from airline gates at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Three new chilled vending machines dispensing Ted Drewes frozen custard have been installed in each of Lambert’s concourses.
“Ted Drewes has a fanatical following here and we’re excited to be able to offer a unique taste of St. Louis in the Airport for our millions of visitors who might not otherwise get a chance to visit the South St. Louis custard stands,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The machines deliver Ted Drewes' famous "concrete" style custard, which Chris Beckemeier, Ted Drewes operations manager, explains is "a shake so thick you can turn it upside down." Beckemeier says the move to offer frozen custard through a vending machine is a first for the family-owned company, which traditionally offers its products at its two popular South City stores and some grocery store locations.
Ted Drewes is offering its six top selling "concrete" flavors in 8 oz. cups: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Oreo cookie, Heath Bar, and chocolate chip.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.