After a 2-year hiatus, non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Little Rock, AR (LIT) will return in January 2016 on Southwest Airlines. Southwest announced it will fly two daily non-stop flights between STL and LIT beginning January 6. Tickets are available online now at southwest.com.
The two daily flights to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock (pictured) will depart STL at 10:25 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Terminal 2, where Southwest currently operates 11 gates. Flights from Little Rock will arrive at Lambert at 7:40 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. The schedule gives Little Rock travelers greater connectivity to other destinations on the Southwest network through St. Louis.
“We’re excited to see the return of Little Rock to serve our region,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Not only does this give St. Louis one more non-stop flight destination, but it capitalizes on Lambert’s ability to efficiently serve Southwest’s growing number of connecting passengers to more than 30 other destinations.”
The announcement comes at the same time Lambert is celebrating the launch of three new non-stop flights this week: Austin, TX (AUS), Portland, OR (PDX) and Jackson, TN (MKL).
Service to Austin, TX on Southwest Airlines began Sunday, June 28, 2015, along with service to Jackson, TN. on Air Choice One. Alaska Airlines’ service to Portland, OR begins Wednesday, July 1. Lambert will also debut new service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA on Southwest Airlines in November.
The new service highlights an already very strong year in passenger traffic. The latest, just-released statistics show a total passenger growth of 2.4 percent between January and May 2015, versus the same time period in 2014. For May alone, Lambert recorded a 2.6 percent increase in total passenger traffic. Lambert has served 4.9 million passengers through May of 2015. With this week’s new service, Lambert now has 253 daily flights to 63 destinations.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport prepares for an exciting week as non-stop service to three new destinations debut for travelers: Austin, TX. (AUS), Portland, OR. (PDX) and Jackson, TN. (MKL).
“It’s a great time to celebrate because it's rare that we can debut three new destinations all in the same week.” said Lambert Airport Director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Daily service to Austin and Portland has been a top priority for this region based on the companies who do regular business in both cities, as well as the strong leisure markets there.”
The new service highlights an already very strong year in passenger traffic. The latest, just-released statistics show a total passenger growth of 2.4 percent between January and May 2015, versus the same time period in 2014. For May alone, Lambert recorded a 2.6 percent increase in total passenger traffic. Lambert has served 4.9 million passengers through May of 2015. With this week’s new service, Lambert is now operating 253 daily flights to 63 destinations. Lambert will also debut new service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA on Southwest Airlines in November.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport gains a new, non-stop destination this month as Air Choice One launches service to McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (MKL) in Jackson, Tenn. on June 28, 2015. Air Choice One is celebrating with introductory fares as low as $35 through September 20, 2015.
Air Choice One CEO, Shane Storz said, “We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Jackson and look forward to bringing them to St. Louis and back, aboard our Cessna fleet.”
Passengers can book now at www.airchoiceone.com or call (866) I-FLY-VIP (866-435-9847). Reservations can also be made through major online travel sites.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has opened Super Park Lot E, which offers 248 additional parking spaces within walking distance of Terminal 2. Terminal 2 serves Southwest Airlines. More than 50 percent of all passenger traffic at Lambert flies through Terminal 2. The new lot is intended to accommodate the high customer parking demand in the Terminal 2 parking garage.
“We have listened to our travelers, and are pleased to now offer the most convenient and closest surface parking option to either of our terminals to help meet the demand and improve the customer experience,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
Super Park Lot E is a short walk to Terminal 2. Lot E offers travelers the option to use the new lighted walking path to Terminal 2, or utilize Super Park’s complimentary 24-hour shuttle service, with pickups every 10 minutes or less. Super Park’s Lot E max rate per day is $20; $3 less per day than the terminal parking garages. Lot E will not have an attendant, and accepts credit card payment only.
Rates for Super Park Lot E are as follows:
0-2 hours $5.00
2-4 hours $ 10.00
4-6 hours $15.00
6-24 hours $20.00
The new lot includes eco-friendly features such as LED lighting and an innovative water runoff and drainage filtration system beneath the surface.
Super Park operates seven of the closest Airport parking lots and facilities for travelers: Terminal 1 Garage, Terminal 2 Garage, and Lots A, B, C, D, and E, totaling 9,044 parking spaces. Super Park also offers travelers Reserved Parking in the Terminal 2 Garage, with 24-hour daily access to the Reserved Parking Area for $600 monthly. For more information, please visit SuperParkingLot.com.
Super Park Lot E is located at 9855 Air Cargo Rd., St. Louis, Mo., 63145.
“We’ll have great support for this new service because it was our own business community and top business travel managers that lobbied us and helped us make the case with Southwest to add service to Orange County,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We already have more than 100 people a day who make connections to John Wayne Airport. Now they will have the convenience of flying non-stop.”
Orange County was one of Lambert’s top targets for new service based on current passenger demand from St. Louis. Lambert already landed two other destinations on its priority list this year with new daily service to Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon. Southwest begins Austin (AUS) service on June 28. Alaska Airlines begins Portland (PDX) service on July 1. Air Choice One will also begin new service to Jackson, Tennessee (MKL) on June 22.
That gives Lambert three new destinations beginning in the peak summer travel season, which officially gets underway with the Memorial Day holiday. Lambert’s nine passenger airlines will offer non-stop service to 63 destinations this summer, with approximately 250 daily departures. Southwest is Lambert’s market leader. It will account for more than 90 flights per day to 37 destinations after it begins its Austin service in June. American Airlines, now operating US Airways, is Lambert’s second largest carrier, followed by Delta Air Lines.
The commission approved a 20-year lease with two, 10-year extension options with Bi-National Gateway Terminal LLC for 48.75 acres of St. Louis City-owned property and facilities that were acquired in 2005 from The Boeing Company. The site holds the original McDonnell Douglas manufacturing complex, which has been vacant for more than a decade. A portion of facilities on the site will be demolished by Bi-National Gateway Terminal to build a state-of-the-art air cargo terminal and ramp space for freighter aircraft. The agreement calls for the project to be developed in three phases following the demolition period with the initial development covering more than 32 acres for a cargo handling facility in excess of one million sq. ft. New aircraft ramp space, totaling one million sq. ft., will give the facility runway access to Lambert's airfield.
"This project is a major component of the Airport's strategic plan to grow international cargo activity while also maximizing our land and aviation related assets to create jobs and new business activity for the region," said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
"This new air cargo project allows us to take advantage of excess capacity at Lambert while also raising our international profile," St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said. "It gives companies more options and reasons to use Lambert and will help St. Louis become even more engaged in the global economy."
The company is expected to take 18-24 months to build out the initial phase of the project.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is honoring National Tourism Week with its own celebration called #LambertThanks. Lambert will be kicking-off the week with themed, colorful décor and signage throughout the Terminals, including giant Chihuly-style balloon chandeliers to be suspended from the soaring ceilings in the ticketing areas. The Airport will entertain travelers with live, local music featuring nationally recognized talent performing all week. For the first time at Lambert, travelers will get to experience entertainment in the concourse areas, which better allows for immersion in the cultural experience. Even some of St. Louis’ favorite faces will stop by, like St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird, and the Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags St. Louis.
The Airlines will also be joining the celebration with festive décor. Schlafly Beer Bar & Grill in Concourse C will have daily prize drawings, with a grand prize drawing at the end of the week for a Schlafly Brewery tour for 10 people. St. Louis Brewmaster's Tap Room, 1876, LaTapenade and Beers of the World will also hold daily prize drawings for Anheuser-Busch sponsored backpacks and duffle bags, and will give away a grand prize Callaway Golf Club Cover.
You can follow all of Lambert’s festivities on social media at: Twitter.com/flySTL and Facebook.com/flySTL with the hashtag #LambertThanks. Lambert extends its appreciation and gratitude to its 13 million travelers each year, St. Louis area residents, visitors, the City of St. Louis, Lambert’s airlines, and its tenant partners.
For a complete schedule of activities and entertainment, please click HERE .
For two decades, the three static display jets proudly mounted at the main entrance and West side of the Missouri National Guard at Lambert were a memorable part of visits to the Airport. The planes were commemorative pieces of the 131st Bomb Wing legacy, and several individuals close to the aircraft came to watch as they were removed from their pedestal displays. For some, it proved to be an emotional moment.
The fighter jets are being relocated to their new home at Whiteman Air Force Base Heritage Park. In a process that took nearly a year to plan, moving the aircraft required expert manpower, huge harnesses, and massive cranes.
The first plane to be removed was the F-4 Phantom II (top). The story of this aircraft and removal was featured for our Lambert Photo of the Week: Final Flight. You can view that photo and article HERE. It was flown between 1978-1992, and had two confirmed MiG kills during the Vietnam War. One of the stories that didn't make the article, is how an exterior nook of the aircraft had become home to a beehive, and workers could be seen swatting the few remaining bees away as they moved about the plane.
Several days later, the F-100 was lifted (middle). This was the oldest of the three aircraft, and in the most fragile state. It was in service between 1962-1979, and was once part of the USAF's Thunderbird flight demonstration team, but was grounded after a crack was found in the wing. Of the three planes, The F-100 was mounted closest to Terminal 1, and had a cracked windshield as a result of the Lambert Terminal 1 tornado strike in 2011.
Weather delayed the removal of the final aircraft by more than a week. The F-15, arguably the most recognizable plane, was received from the 48th Fighter Squadron in 1991 (bottom). F-15s were flown by the 131st Bomb Wing (then known as the 131st Fighter Wing) from 1991-2009.
Each of the planes were lifted via harness onto flatbed trucks where they were partially disassembled. The last remaining elements of the aircraft were removed from the Missouri National Guard base this week. Before the ribbon cutting ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base on June 12, 2015, the planes will receive a fresh coat of paint and partial restoration. An interesting fact: The special paint used on the aircraft requires a full week of mixing before it can be applied.
January saw the biggest jump in traffic for the quarter with total traffic up 4.3 percent or 878,410 passengers. February saw a passenger increase of 1.5 percent with 829,393 passengers. March improved by .6 percent with 1,079,574 total passengers. Click here for 2015 Year-to-Date passenger statistics.
The first quarter of 2015 also recorded a 1.5 percent increase in passenger aircraft departures totaling 18,916. Cargo flight activity is also trending up for the quarter with a 9.5 percent increase with 335 departing flights versus 306 in 2014.
Lambert’s 10 airlines currently serves 64 non-stop destinations, which includes seasonal service to four charter vacation destinations: Cancun, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. This summer, Lambert will add daily service to three additional destinations: Austin, Texas on Southwest Airlines, Portland, Oregon on Alaska Airlines and Jackson, Tennessee on Air Choice One.
Signature Flight Support celebrated a $3.3 million transformation of its fixed based operations (FBO) at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport during a grand reopening event. The company, which serves corporate and private aviation customers, operates on the north side of Lambert's airfield.
Signature's renovations can be seen throughout it's FBO with a modern and upscale waiting lobby, more access to technology and power ports, upgraded conference facilities, restroom enhancements and more choices for food and beverages. The amenities are for both flying customers as well as pilots.
The project also included improvements to hangars and fueling operations.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.