A low winter sun greets an inbound American Airlines MD-80 as it taxis to the gate in view of Terminal 1 Friday.

As the sun sets on 2016, we reflect on this excellent year for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  We saw a significant increase in passengers, with growth trending 10% over last year.   Southwest Airlines grew their STL operations, with a major gate expansion in Terminal 2 and reaching a milestone of over 100 flights a day.  Global Entry enrollment arrived at Lambert this year, as did Service Animal Relief Areas in each concourse. Pizza Studio restaurant and the Stella Artois bar also opened. The Lambert Art and Culture Program curated 12 new exhibitions to brighten the terminals, along with a live spring music series. Lambert was awarded a Missouri Governor’s Leader in Energy Award, and the Discovery Channel filmed a documentary highlighting our use of Biodiesel that will air next year. The picturesque MD-80 in this photo will be an increasingly rare sight at STL, and throughout the country, as American announced this year that it has begun retiring its iconic fleet.