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 email@example.com.
Vino Volo has arrived in St. Louis, with its newest location at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), which opened on Saturday, December 19. Travelers in search of a great glass of wine and a tasty bite before their flight can now visit Vino Volo in Terminal 2 near Gate E18.
“We are excited to welcome Vino Volo to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and are proud to host the company’s first location in Missouri,” Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said. “Passengers will love Vino Volo’s extensive selections from around the world, along with their delicious food pairings and knowledgeable staff. Vino Volo is a great addition to the wide variety of food and beverage options that travelers will find at STL.”
"Our goal is to offer St. Louis passengers a relaxing, comfortable environment where they can experience wine country and enjoy exceptional wines while waiting for their flight" said Doug Tomlinson, Founder and CEO of Vino Volo. "Discovering unique, often hard-to-find wines is our passion, and we look forward to introducing our guests to great global and local wine regions."
Vino Volo (derived from “wine flight” in Italian) is a trusted wine authority that combines a cozy wine lounge, restaurant, tasting bar and boutique wine shop under one roof. Founded in 2005, Vino Volo revolutionizes how people experience wine by making the tasting experience approachable and educational. Guests have the opportunity to taste hand-selected wines from around the world by the glass, in tasting flights, or by the bottle to either take home or have shipped. The food menu offers small plates to pair with wines, such as smoked salmon rolls and a brie and prosciutto sandwich.
Vino Volo owns and operates 38 locations at 27 airports across North America and a city store in Bethesda, MD. Vino Volo has won 32 Airport Revenue News awards, including the "Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service" nine years in a row.
A renowned St. Louis artist and collector has curated the latest exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that puts a spin on the definition of art. John Foster’s Accidental Mysteries, on display in the Terminal 1 Lambert Gallery, is a showcase of natural and handmade objects that may or may not have been intended to be art. But through Foster’s artist/designer/collector lens, you get a whole new artistic and curious exhibition that rises above the ordinary.
“The pieces in this show range from objects created from the result of an individual’s artistic efforts, and includes found objects that have been transformed by time, or the elements,” said Foster. “The intent is to look at the very meaning of art, and challenge preconceived ideas. Think of this exhibition as a ‘cabinet of curiosities.’”
What will the audience see? A painted suitcase. A pair of transformed baby shoes. A set of found, decayed alarm clocks. Art carved birds. A melted phone, and wood carvings that go beyond the ordinary.
John Foster, a 1976 graduate of Washington University with his MFA degree, has been a longtime collector of self-taught art, vernacular photography and extraordinary found objects. His collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for nearly 10 years and has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek Online and many others. John is currently a featured writer for the international online magazine, Design Observer. In 2005, Art & Antiques magazine named John one of the “Top 100 Collectors” in the United States. John currently serves on the Board of Trustees for SPACES (http://www.spacesarchives.org), an organization dedicated to saving and preserving arts and cultural environments; and is on the St. Louis Advisory Board of “Alarm Will Sound,” a 20-member chamber orchestra that focuses on recordings and performances of contemporary music. John was a co-founder of ENVISION Folk Art of Missouri and for 10 years edited their publication. He is also a writer and has been a guest speaker at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, The Peabody-Essex Museum, art conferences and universities throughout the country.
Accidental Mysteries runs through April 17, 2016. The Lambert Gallery, a major component of the Lambert Art & Culture Program, features local and regional arts organizations and is supported by the St. Louis Regional Arts Council. Previous exhibitors include the The Sheldon Galleries, Missouri Fiber Artists, Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, Missouri State Museum, Foundry Art Centre, Craft Alliance and the Griot Museum of Black History.
Southwest Airlines announces service to Oakland, CA, Cleveland, OH and Portland, OR.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) will soon have a second option for travelers to reach the San Francisco Bay area with Southwest Airlines’ announcement of new daily nonstop service to Oakland, CA (OAK) beginning June 5, 2016. 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.
“The announcement by Southwest Airlines is great news for our region, and will open up new destinations during the peak travel season this upcoming summer,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’ve focused the last year on getting more frequency and destinations to the West Coast, and the announcement is a payoff to our efforts.”
In the last year, Lambert has gained seven new destinations for the region; four of which are on Southwest Airlines. In November Southwest inaugurated its daily nonstop route to Orange County, CA (SNA). Service between STL and Little Rock, AR (LIT) begins January 6, 2016 with two nonstop flights daily. Daily nonstop service to Pittsburg, PA (PIT) begins in March, and two daily nonstop flights each to Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT) debut in April.
When the June 5th flights begin, Southwest Airlines will serve 43 destinations out of Lambert, and total 103 daily departures. Tickets are on sale now at www.Southwest.com. Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier at STL, and operates exclusively out of Terminal 2.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s drive to improve energy efficiency across all networks, buildings and power systems is paying off in a big way. Ameren Missouri presented a ceremonial check to Lambert for $490,642 at the December meeting of the St. Louis Airport Commission. The check represents nearly 30 projects that earned cash incentives over the last three years through Ameren Missouri’s BizSavers® Program.
The cash incentives are just one payback. The on-going energy savings for the Airport are another. Ameren Missouri estimates the most recent projects have saved 8.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity equal to powering 575 homes for a year. Lambert is now saving more than $40,000 per month in avoided energy costs.
Lambert implemented a facility-wide Environmental Management System (EMS) in 2012 which included an environmental and sustainable commitment to include the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects into new projects and existing operations. Energy efficiency and conservation efforts at the Airport are guided by key strategies and goals in the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan (2013) that targets lower greenhouse emissions for the region.
The Airport’s project list includes small to higher profile improvements, including the installation of LED lamps in terminal garages, high mast lighting on airline ramp areas, new LED lighting in numerous work areas and office spaces and the installation of occupancy sensors throughout the complex. The lighting projects were chosen based on end of life-cycle evaluations as well as the return on investment calculations for upgrading to more energy efficient products.
The Airport continues to work with Ameren Missouri in identify more energy savings. The Airport is working on an in-depth audit by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to analyze the energy usage at multiple airport facilities.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will see a surge in holiday traffic beginning Friday, November 20 as the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush begins. The Airport typically sees an increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic during the 10-day Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends through Monday, November 30.
The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 29), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers on that day. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 25, is projected to be the second busiest day in this travel period. Load factors on both of those days are projected to above 90 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert. Many flights will be fully booked. The two lightest travel days during the week are Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and Friday, November 27.
Lambert, TSA and Airline officials offer a number of travel tips to make it easier for passengers during the busy travel season:
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.