The 2012 summer travel season hit its high mark for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in August. Passenger enplanements (departing passengers) of more than 567,000 were up 4.7 percent over August of 2011.  Lambert is currently showing a 2.1 percent year-to-date increase in enplanements for the first eight months of 2012 recording 4.25 million passengers versus 4.17 million in 2011.

The number of arriving passengers also saw strong positive gains in August.  Approximately 584,000 passengers arrived at Lambert in August versus 552,000 one year ago. Year-to-date, Lambert is running a 2.3 percent increase in arriving traffic totaling 4.26 million passengers. The total passenger traffic year-to-date is 8.51 million passengers.

The Airport is also seeing continued gains in connecting passenger traffic activity in 2012. August connections showed a 10.7 percent increase versus August of 2011. The year-to-date connecting enplanements in 2012 are running at 9.6 percent.

Based on enplanement passenger traffic, Southwest Airlines is Lambert’s market leader at 46.4 percent. Southwest saw a 10 percent increase in enplanements in August and is showing a six percent year-to-date increase over 2011. Southwest recently added new non-stops to San Antonio and New York LaGuardia. It will also add new service to Washington Reagan National on September 30.

Lambert’s 11 airlines operate approximately 250 daily non-stop flights to 60 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.