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.
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.
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Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.