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Fly By: Lambert Photo of the Week

A Southwest Airlines plane takes off from STL’s airfield as local business leaders gather in The Concourse for the St. Louis Green Business Challenge Annual Awards on Friday.

With panoramic airfield views, the backdrop for events is one-of-a-kind.  The St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a joint program of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden, hosted their annual awards celebration at Lambert on Friday.  So far, The Concourse has hosted four weddings, two runway fashion shows, two proms, and dozens of corporate and private events along with national conferences. Just steps away from covered parking, events come with complimentary parking passes, Budweiser cocktail lounge access, and A/V services.  Click here to learn more for your next event! 

Traveling Together: Lambert Photo of the Week


The Chladek family readies their seven-month old son to depart for their hometown of Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday.

Peak Thanksgiving travel season has a few more days left as this upcoming Sunday, November 27, closes off the stretch with the busiest day in the travel period.  Over the ten-day holiday rush that began Friday, November 18, STL projects more than 167,000 total departing travelers. At least 22,200 are expected to fly out on Sunday.  With the airlines at approximately 90 percent capacity, plus traffic from connecting flyers, gate areas and concourses have been bustling daily with travelers on their way to give thanks with friends and family.   Lambert is expecting at least 13,000 more Thanksgiving travelers this year than over the same period in 2015, an increase of eight percent.  Year-to-date, STL is seeing a ten percent growth trend in departing passengers over last year. 

Bio Doc: Lambert Photo of the Week


A film crew interviews  Lambert Auto Shop Manager, Mike Bernich, about STL’s use of biodiesel for a Discovery Channel documentary.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is an industry pioneer for our use of B20 biodiesel fuel.  More than 800 airport engines, from leaf blowers to firetrucks, run on the eco-friendly, soy-based fuel.  Lambert’s entire snow removal fleet, which tops more than 200 vehicles, are powered by B20.   Our innovative approach caught the eye of a film producer, who brought in a crew this week to shoot footage for a documentary that will air on the Discovery Channel.  The currently untitled film plans to tell the story of an emerging biodeisel industry trying to gain a substantial foothold in our energy supply.  It is projected to air in late 2017. 

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Kicks-Off Today at Lambert

For the Next Ten Days Passenger Numbers Expected to Soar More Than Eight Percent Over Last Year

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is projected to see eight percent more passengers than last year during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. That’s an increase of nearly 13,000 departing passengers over a ten-day period that begins today, Friday, November 18.

Peak days at Lambert are expected to be Wednesday, November 23, with nearly 22,000 departing passengers, and Sunday, November 27, with departing numbers forecasted to exceed 22,200.  More than 20,000 passengers are checking-in and going through the TSA security checkpoints on Friday to kick-off the travel period.  Airplane load factors are expected to be above 90% over the next 10 days.  In total, STL is expecting more than 167,000 departing Thanksgiving holiday travelers, as compared to just under 156,000 in 2015.    Lambert expects gate areas to be even more crowded with passengers connecting through STL. Year-to-date in 2016, Lambert is trending 30 percent higher for connecting passengers than 2015.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the airlines recommend the following travel tips for navigating the busiest travel days of the year:

·         Arrive two hours ahead of scheduled boarding time, especially if checking luggage or flying international.

·         Visit www.TSA.gov to search what items can and cannot be brought through the TSA security checkpoint, such as liquids, which must be in 3.4 ounce containers or less. 

·         Learn more about TSA accepted forms of identification, or traveling with children, medical conditions or disabilities, at www.TSA.gov

·         Do not wrap holiday gifts.  They should remain unwrapped for air travel.

·         TSA Pre-Check is available at all checkpoints with participating airlines.

·         Wheelchair assistance is provided by the airlines at no cost. This can be a big help for limited mobility or elderly travelers. For the best accommodation, contact the airline in advance to request.

·         If picking up a passenger at STL airport, use one of the free cell phone lots instead of the parking garages.

·         If parking at STL, shop our lots at www.SuperParkingLot.com, plus see real-time parking availability.

·         Check the status of all flights to and from STL as updated by the airlines here.

Lambert’s Role in American Aviation History Comes to Life in New Exhibition


The founding roots of America’s modern day aviation industry can be traced through St. Louis and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. That amazing history is documented in a new book published by the Missouri History Museum Press, The Aerial Crossroads of America: St. Louis’s Lambert Airport, by author Daniel L. Rust.   With the release of that book this week, Lambert and the Missouri History Museum have opened a companion exhibition by the same name in The Lambert Gallery in the Bag Claim of Terminal 1.

Everything that has taken place on the airport’s footprint—from Lindbergh to American Airlines, jet airliners to space travel—constitutes a microcosm of the triumphs and tragedies of winged flight in America. The Aerial Crossroads of America chronicles the transformation of the patch of farmland leased by Albert Bond Lambert in 1920 into the sprawling international airport it is today. The book and the exhibition tell the story of Lambert but also the history of what it means to take flight in America.

The Aerial Crossroads of America features 53 large-scale reproduction photographs featured and referenced in the new book. The photos span nearly 100 years and were curated from the archives of the Missouri History Museum, Lambert Airport, The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and the personal collections of Alan Hoffman and author Daniel Rust. 

The book was a project inspired and supported by the Missouri Aviation Historical Society. Many of its members assisted Daniel Rust with research on the project that culminated in the publication by the Missouri History Museum Press. The Missouri History Museum curated the exhibition.   

“The exhibition is a visual timeline of great moments and milestones of Lambert that reminds all of us about the great heritage this airport has in American aviation history,” said Rust.

The exhibition follows the book’s timeline, first highlighting Albert Bond Lambert’s pioneering efforts to promote air travel in the Midwest.  The exhibition also covers the 1923 Air Races, Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, the U.S. Air Mail Service, the birth of American Airlines, military aviation, the rise of the aircraft manufacturing industry, the development of air traffic control, regulation and deregulation, and the transformation  of Lambert after the demise of TWA and 9/11.

Daniel Rust is an assistant professor of transportation and logistics at the University of Wisconsin–Superior. Previously he served as assistant director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He earned his doctorate from the University of Idaho and is the author of Flying across America: The Airline Passenger Experience.

The Aerial Crossroads of America will run through November 2017 in the Lambert Gallery, near the Concourse C exit in Terminal 1 Bag Claim. The exhibition is sponsored by the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which celebrates the artistic, creative, cultural and historical resources of the St. Louis region through art and exhibitions at the airport.  

The Aerial Crossroads of America book is on sale at Lambert’s Hudson news and gift stores, the Missouri History Museum Shop or online where books are sold. The book is distributed by University of Chicago Press.

Lounging Around: Lambert Photo of the Week

 
Megan with National Car Rental shows a traveler features on a tablet in the temporary Emerald Club Lounge in T2.

Southwest Airlines passengers get access to a special temporary attraction for the next six months: free access to the National Car Rental promotional Emerald Club Lounge.  Located near gate E14, just beyond the TSA security checkpoint, travelers can stop by to watch some TV, rest in some lounge chairs, or pull up a barstool to access tablets with apps for games, sports, weather, news, and flights.  The vicinity also has free Wi-Fi for personal devices.  A National Car Rental representative is on site every weekday for 12 hours to interact with travelers about National’s Emerald Club membership benefits. 

Snow Go: Lambert Photo of the Week

Lambert Operations and Airfield Maintenance meet to discuss snow removal equipment placement with a birds-eye view from a nearby rooftop.

With the warm weather we’ve been having in St. Louis, it’s hard to believe November is here.  But technically speaking, snow season has arrived, and we’ve spent all year getting ready.  STL has more than 50 specialty snow removal vehicles in our arsenal to combat mother nature on the airfield. This summer, Lambert became the first airport in the nation to own the revolutionary new MB-5 with liquid deicer tanks.  Although our Ops and Airfield Maintenance departments are really excited to see it in action, it’s hard to wish this beautiful weather away.  Whenever winter decides to show up, we’re ready. 

New Exhibitions Showcase Jazz, Landscapes and Organic Imagery

Jazz greats, a series of colorful landscapes, and organic imagery that mimics parts of the human body are part of a new set of exhibitions for the Lambert Art and Culture Program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Two of the three artists showcased are based in St. Louis, and one collection features a prominent local press.

In Terminal 1, near the entrance to the A Concourse Checkpoint, features the paintings of St. Louis artist Robert Ketchens. His two works, Miles and Birth of Jazz, celebrate that uniquely American genre of music that flourishes in New Orleans and elsewhere. His paintings honor jazz pioneers Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Ferdinand LaMothe (aka ‘Jelly Roll Morton’), Buddy Bolden, Freddie Keppard, and King Oliver.

In Terminal 2, near Gate E12, features the colorful works of St. Louis artist Jenna Bauer in a collection entitled Thunder Fields. The collage of imagery portrays landscapes manifested as a twice-pixelated abstraction. The pieces are created through an analog process of monoprinting on canvas using a printing press. The muse for this work was a road trip Bauer took through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Nevada, and the powerful but isolated storm systems in her midst.

A second exhibition in Terminal 2, near gate E18, passengers can view the works of St. Louis’ Wildwood Press, which is featuring three photolith reliefs by Valerie Hammond, titled Traces.  These 6-ft high prints depict hand forms, but if you take a closer look, you see the delicate traces of organic material. Starting in the late 1990s, Valerie Hammond took up tracing hands and arms, mostly of women and children, then using layers of wax to secure pressed ferns and other organic material within the perimeter of the tracings. Experimentation in Photoshop resulted in dark, deep blue backgrounds, while the plant material, placed in such a way as to echo bones, veins, and circulatory systems, turned a ghostly white. 

The three temporary exhibitions will be on display through March 31, 2017, and are supported by the Regional Arts Commission. The Lambert Art & Culture Program is dedicated to promoting local cultural works and institutions to area residents and St. Louis visitors.

The Lambert Art & 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.; and Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.

Group Goodbye: Lambert Photo of the Week

 
Two students embrace in an emotional goodbye after living together for six weeks for a study abroad program.

It was a sea of tears Monday, as a group of local students and their families parted ways with foreign exchange students returning to Germany.  The group was brought together by the German American Partnership Program at Kirkwood High School, which has been uniting the two cultures for 30 years.  The students were given an international pairing, and lived together for three weeks in Germany followed by three weeks in the U.S.   “The goodbye is the hardest part,” said Larry Anderson with the Kirkwood School District.  Before the German students boarded their flights home, a group photo was taken to commemorate this meaningful moment.  “You just become so close,” said one emotional mother. “They become like family.” 

Strong Passenger Traffic at Lambert Pushes More Growth in 3rd Quarter

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) has recorded its 13th straight month of passenger activity growth. Lambert served nearly 1.2 million passengers (departing and arriving) in September of 2016 to log a 10.4 percent increase over 2015.  The Airport enplaned (boarded) 584,525 passengers in September versus 531,851 in 2015 to yield a 10 percent increase in that key airport statistic.

Through the 3rd quarter of 2016, Lambert has recorded 10.4 million total passengers for a 9.1 percent increase over the same time frame in 2015. Third quarter year-over-year growth in total passengers is 8.6 percent. If the growth rate holds through the end of the year, Lambert will serve one million more passengers than in 2015. Lambert’s 2015 total passenger count was 12.7 million passengers. 

 “We’re really seeing a strong and steady travel trend hold from summer through the fall and that is very encouraging for us, and our airlines,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “This is a result of airlines adding new destinations, adding additional flights to current markets and upgrading to larger aircraft to meet the demand we have now in St. Louis.”

Aircraft activity also continues to show growth in 2016. Lambert’s passenger airlines operated 7,019 departures in September for a 3.7 percent increase versus 2015. Year-to-date growth for aircraft departures is 2.5 percent (63,207 vs. 62,691) through the first nine months in 2015.  Lambert recorded a 17 percent increase in air cargo for September (12.4 million lbs.). Year-to-date, the Airport has logged 102.2 million lbs. of cargo which is a 10 percent increase over the same time frame in 2015.

Lambert airlines have added 12 destinations since the summer of 2015. A majority of those new destinations have been with the growth of Southwest Airlines. This year alone, Southwest has added service to Little Rock, AR (LIT), Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Wichita, KS (ICT); Des Moines, IA (DSM); Oakland, CA (OAK); and Cleveland, OH (CLE). Airlines have also added additional flights to current markets or have switched to larger aircraft. Lambert’s nine airlines served 70 destinations during the peak summer travel season.

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