Lambert-St. Louis International is kicking off a new year of charter vacation travel with a season that will offer more flights and one of the newest of planes for trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean.
In partnership with Apple Vacations, Lambert is hosting a familiarization tour on November 2 for hundreds of travel agents and their clients to see a Boeing 737-800 from XTRA Airways, which will operate solely from St. Louis to five charter destinations beginning December 2015. XTRA Airways will operate flights on its 168-seat 737-800 to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Liberia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico. Departure days and duration of service varies for each destination through December of 2016.
Daily, year-round service to Cancun Mexico, operated by Frontier Airlines, rounds out the 2015-2016 schedule of vacation charter destinations. Visit applevacations.com for the latest destination and ticket information.
“We’re excited to see a schedule that provides the highest number of seats to these exciting vacation destinations that we’ve seen in years,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
"Apple Vacations is happy to be working with XTRA Airways for our Exclusive Vacation Flights this season from St Louis," said Tim Mullen, President of Apple Vacations. "We think XTRA Airways' exceptional service record and on-board hospitality will make Apple Vacationers extra happy en route to their vacation destination."
Based in Miami, FL, XTRA Airways has been a leading provider of safe and reliable group air charter flights operating Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-400 aircraft. Visit xtraairways.com for more information.
Southwest Airlines is expanding its operations in St. Louis with the announcement of new non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Pittsburgh, PA (PIT), Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT) in the spring of 2016. In all, Southwest is adding eight daily departures to its late spring schedule across six destinations.
Daily non-stop service to Pittsburgh begins March 10, 2016 and will replace service currently being offered by American Airlines (previously, US Air) until December 2015.
Beginning April 12, 2016 Southwest will begin service to two new markets for St. Louis, with two daily flights each to Des Moines and Wichita. That same day, Southwest will begin year-round service to Seattle, WA (SEA), upgraded from seasonal service in the summer in past years. The airline is also adding a second daily flight to Tulsa, OK (TUL) as well as a second daily flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP). Tickets to all these destinations are available now on Southwest.com.
“Southwest has continued to show its commitment to St. Louis with this announcement of new flights which really expands our connectivity across the U.S.” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We quickly regain Pittsburgh service and we gain new and important Midwest markets in Des Moines and Wichita, to allow travelers to fly direct or to connect through St. Louis to every major market in the Southwest system.”
The new flights are in addition to two other new destinations announced earlier this year. Southwest will begin a daily non-stop flight between STL and John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Los Angeles, CA on November 22. In early January, Southwest will begin daily service between STL and Little Rock, AR (LIT).
When the April 12 flights begin, Southwest will serve 39 destinations from St. Louis for a total of 97 daily departures. Lambert will be the 12th busiest airport in the Southwest system.
(Oct. 22, 2015 - St. Louis) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport saw a strong month of passenger traffic in September with an increase in passenger enplanements of 4.1 percent over the same time period a year ago (521,851 vs 510,709). The boost helped increase 2015’s third quarter enplanements by 3.1 percent. Year-to-date through September, Lambert has boarded 4.75 million passengers compared to 4.67 million a year ago for a 1.7 percent increase.
Check out the latest year-to-date statistics here.
Just prior to the third quarter, Lambert added new non-stop destinations to Austin, TX (Southwest), Portland, OR (Alaska) and Jackson, TN (Air Choice One). Additional service to Seattle, WA on Alaska Airlines also carried through the summer months in 2015.
On November 22, Southwest will launch daily Boeing 737 service to John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), which will provide a second airport option in the Los Angeles market. In early January, Southwest will launch two daily non-stops to Little Rock, AR (LIT).
Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier at Lambert, with a 53 percent market share through September 2015. American Airlines is second in market share in St. Louis with 20 percent. Delta is third with 13 percent. Lambert served 12.4 million passengers in 2014 with more than 250 daily departures to 67 non-stop destinations during the peak travel season.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has unveiled its second airport trading card in the North American Airports Collectors Series, which now has more than 60 airports in the program. Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) kicked off the second year of the program at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference in Long Beach, California this week.
The airport trading card series offers aviation enthusiasts a new collectible opportunity to commemorate their travels through U.S. and Canadian airports. Lambert led the campaign and was part of the original launch of the series which featured trading cards from 17 airports in September 2014. Lambert’s second card features an iconic image of its new copper roof on Terminal 1, which was installed in 2014.
“The trading cards have been a fantastic way to connect with our travelers, our region and the aviation community to share our unique story,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The trading cards feature the most recognizable images from some of busiest airports in the world to smaller regional airports in North America. Each card offers geographic information, facts, figures and historical information unique to each airport. The trading cards are free. Lambert’s 2nd trading card is now available at the information booth in Terminal 1 bag claim.
The program features an updated website to showcase all of the trading cards in the program on an interactive map. To learn more about the North American Airport Trading Cards, visit www.airporttradingcards.com. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter with #airportcards.
When: Thursday, September 24; 5-8 p.m.
Where: Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design
6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
*Parking in rear of building. Turn south on Leland Ave or Kingsland Ave off of Delmar to access parking lot
Who: Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Metalsmiths and Jewelers: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker.
What: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will unveil its Art of Travel custom jewelry Copper Collection at a free sneak preview event at the Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design. The event will showcase more than 75 pieces of jewelry by local St. Louis metalsmiths who handcrafted their works from reclaimed copper remnants from 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 in the B Concourse in Terminal 1 at Lambert. The Art of Travel is the primary fundraiser for the Lambert Art and Culture Program. Tickets are $75 in advance online through www.artoftravelstl.com. In addition to exclusive opportunity to buy the copper jewelry, the tickets include food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and free parking.
Some of Lambert’s Housekeepers pose for International Housekeepers Appreciation Week.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport showed some extra appreciation to our team members in celebration of International Housekeepers Week (IHW). According to the International Executive Housekeepers Association, IHW “recognizes the professionals who maintain a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for us all each and every day,” and has been celebrated since 1981. Lambert’s 39 housekeepers work around the clock to tend to the terminal corridors, restrooms, and outer buildings. They celebrated all week long by wearing STL T-shirts and enjoyed a potluck lunch mid-week.
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.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.