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Hello Holiday! Lambert Photo of the Week

 

Terminal 1 bustling with holiday weekend travelers.

It’s officially the start of summer!  This week our terminals were full of travelers headed to visit family and friends, or to just get away, for Memorial Day Weekend fun.  AAA is expecting 2.6 million holiday flyers this weekend, and Lambert is gearing up with three new non-stop destinations coming soon:  Orange County, CA and Austin, TX with Southwest Airlines, and Jackson, TN with Air Choice One.  We’ve also expanded our parking to meet demand at Terminal 2, with last week’s opening of Super Park Lot E. 

Lambert Expands Parking to Meet Demand at Terminal 2

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. 

Love Flies: Lambert Photo of the Week

Photographer Justin Mayfield shoots engagement photos of Pheaktra (left) and Diana (right) in the B Concourse.

Pheaktra and Diana may live 2,000 miles apart, but their chance meeting (twice!) one weekend in Kansas City, Mo. two years ago, led them down a path of love that defies distance.  Pheaktra (23) lives in Columbia, Mo., and Diana (21) lives in Seattle, Wa.  After years of long-distance dating, they got engaged, and chose Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as the backdrop for their engagement photos. Since the couple traveled through Lambert every few weeks to visit, the Airport became an integral part of their love story.  In fact, Diana was scheduled to fly home immediately following the shoot.  The couple will live in the same city and state for the first time in September, when Diana will move to Columbia.  The couple plans to wed in October.

 

Lambert Makes New Non-Stop Connection to West Coast, Orange County

St. Louis travelers are gaining a new destination and a new option to reach the Los Angeles metro area with non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA). Southwest will launch the daily Boeing 737 service on November 22, the week of Thanksgiving. Tickets are on sale now at southwest.com.

“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.

Lambert Rocks! Lambert Photo of the Week

The Dave and Greg Show entertain hundreds of travelers in the C Concourse for #LambertThanks.

#LambertThanks was an amazingly full week!  We had awesome giveaways, colorful decor, and visits from the Cardinals’ Fredbird and the Looney Tunes from Six Flags St. Louis! Hudsy from Hudson Group also stopped by.  Our airlines even got festive with balloons and Hawaiian leis.   We loved putting a smile on so many faces this week!   This is the 4th year Lambert has celebrated Customer Appreciation Week in conjunction with National Tourism Week, but it was a first to feature live music in the concourses for this type of event.  It was a huge hit!  Travelers, as well as Airport employees, were spotted dancing, clapping, and singing along.  Lambert showcased world-class local musicians performing jazz, pop, classic rock, originals, folk and even Motown styles. I know we had a lot fun, and hope you did, too!  Thank you, St. Louis, for another great year! 

St. Louis Airport Commission Approves Transformational Air Cargo Project

The St. Louis Airport Commission approved a major development project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that is geared to be a catalyst for international cargo activity and jobs by expanding Lambert’s aviation facilities and capabilities on the north side of the airfield. The project will generate more than $13.5 million in lease revenue alone, over the initial term of the agreement. The agreement must still be approved by the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

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 project builds on the logistics sector of the St. Louis region and complements another airport iniative underway to develop a dual customs air cargo facility for imports and exports between Mexico and the U.S. through St. Louis. Final approval for an international customs clearance facility is pending approval by the Government of Mexico.

The company is expected to take 18-24 months to build out the initial phase of the project.

Bronze Unwrapped: Lambert Photo of the Week

Warren Sauer led a team to hoist and set the sculpture, Hawthorne Tree, by Isaac Witkin, in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby.

Two new bronze sculptures are now drawing the attention of art fans and travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Laumeier Sculpture Park has loaned the Lambert Art and Culture Program two of their most prominent works. Charles Arnoldi’s Eclipse and Isaac Witkin’s Hawthorne Tree got a change of scenery, so to speak. For years, they were fixtures outside at Laumeier. They are now taking in the views inside between the Terminal 1 ticket counters. Both are situated in new lounge areas that also feature views to Lambert airfield. The works were selected by the Airport Art Advisory Committee. They sit directly across from the Airport’s other bronze sculpture, China China, in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge. If you line up all three, you have a formibidable #bronzetriangle. Check out the background on our newest works of art.

Lambert Airport Brings Entertainment to Travelers May 3-9 for #LambertThanks Week

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.

For a complete schedule of activities and entertainment, please click HERE .

Addie Bot: Lambert Photo of the Week

 

Eleven-month-old Addison is mesmerized by the giant robot in the Lambert Gallery as mom and dad snap a picture. 

It was an adorable sight to see little Addison’s face light-up as he saw all of the interesting robots featured in “The Robots Are Coming!” art exhibit in the Lambert Gallery.  When asked if we could photograph the cuteness for our Lambert Photo of the Week, parents Tina and Chris, shared why the sight was extra special for them.  Addison was recently hospitalized, and Tina said he was “just covered in wires and tubes.”  They affectionately started calling him “Addie Bot,” and the nickname has stuck.  Fortunately, Addison is feeling much better now.  The family had just arrived from Phoenix, Az. when they spotted the robots and had to take a photo.

Last Look at the Fighter Jets on Display Outside National Guard at Lambert for 20 Years

For two decades, the three static display jets proudly mounted at the main entrance and West side of the Missouri National Guard at Lambert were a memorable part of visits to the Airport. The planes were commemorative pieces of the 131st Bomb Wing legacy, and several individuals close to the aircraft came to watch as they were removed from their pedestal displays. For some, it proved to be an emotional moment. 

The fighter jets are being relocated to their new home at Whiteman Air Force Base Heritage Park.  In a process that took nearly a year to plan, moving the aircraft required expert manpower, huge harnesses, and massive cranes. 

The first plane to be removed was the F-4 Phantom II (top).  The story of this aircraft and removal was featured for our Lambert Photo of the Week: Final Flight.  You can view that photo and article HERE.  It was flown between 1978-1992, and had two confirmed MiG kills during the Vietnam War.  One of the stories that didn't make the article, is how an exterior nook of the aircraft had become home to a beehive, and workers could be seen swatting the few remaining bees away as they moved about the plane.

Several days later, the F-100 was lifted (middle).  This was the oldest of the three aircraft, and in the most fragile state. It was in service between 1962-1979, and was once part of the USAF's Thunderbird flight demonstration team, but was grounded after a crack was found in the wing.  Of the three planes, The F-100 was mounted closest to Terminal 1, and had a cracked windshield as a result of the Lambert Terminal 1 tornado strike in 2011. 

Weather delayed the removal of the final aircraft by more than a week.  The F-15, arguably the most recognizable plane, was received from the 48th Fighter Squadron in 1991 (bottom).  F-15s were flown by the 131st Bomb Wing (then known as the 131st Fighter Wing) from 1991-2009. 

Each of the planes were lifted via harness onto flatbed trucks where they were partially disassembled.  The last remaining elements of the aircraft were removed from the Missouri National Guard base this week.  Before the ribbon cutting ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base on June 12, 2015, the planes will receive a fresh coat of paint and partial restoration.  An interesting fact: The special paint used on the aircraft requires a full week of mixing before it can be applied.

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