A view of Lambert’s ATC Tower from the cockpit window of an XTRA Airways’ Boeing 737-800 parked outside Concourse B.
The new charter for Apple Vacations, XTRA Airways, had an introductory event at Lambert Airport this week. Travel agents and their clients could visit sponsor booths and tour the airline’s 168-seat Boeing 737-800 jetliner. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is kicking off a new year of charter vacation travel with a season that will offer more flights and one of the newest of planes for trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. In December, XTRA Airways will begin operating solely from St. Louis, charting flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Liberia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico. Daily, year-round service to Cancun, Mexico, operated by Frontier Airlines, rounds out the 2015-2016 schedule of vacation charter destinations. The pilots may have the best seat in the house, but we think any seat is a great one when you’re on your way to a vacation!
Lambert-St. Louis International is kicking off a new year of charter vacation travel with a season that will offer more flights and one of the newest of planes for trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean.
In partnership with Apple Vacations, Lambert is hosting a familiarization tour on November 2 for hundreds of travel agents and their clients to see a Boeing 737-800 from XTRA Airways, which will operate solely from St. Louis to five charter destinations beginning December 2015. XTRA Airways will operate flights on its 168-seat 737-800 to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Liberia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico. Departure days and duration of service varies for each destination through December of 2016.
Daily, year-round service to Cancun Mexico, operated by Frontier Airlines, rounds out the 2015-2016 schedule of vacation charter destinations. Visit applevacations.com for the latest destination and ticket information.
“We’re excited to see a schedule that provides the highest number of seats to these exciting vacation destinations that we’ve seen in years,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
"Apple Vacations is happy to be working with XTRA Airways for our Exclusive Vacation Flights this season from St Louis," said Tim Mullen, President of Apple Vacations. "We think XTRA Airways' exceptional service record and on-board hospitality will make Apple Vacationers extra happy en route to their vacation destination."
Based in Miami, FL, XTRA Airways has been a leading provider of safe and reliable group air charter flights operating Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-400 aircraft. Visit xtraairways.com for more information.
A sweeper makes runs to clear debris from a newly reconstructed section of the airfield ramp.
Fall brings closure to a lot of weather-sensitive airfield projects at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. One of those was the reconstruction of the north apron at the L-pad; an area just east of Concourse C. The pavement had reached or surpassed its designated lifespan, and this week marked the end of the final phase of the improvement project that replaced 27,000 sq. yards of concrete. Even with a new and smooth concrete finish, there's still one more job before the area can be re-opened. A pavement sweeper is brought in to make sure the new section is debris-free and meets the same safe conditions as the rest of the airfield's runways and taxiways. This new section of pavement is also the deicing area for Southwest Airlines. The black and white painted sections are designated to stage deicing trucks, which could be called up for duty any day now with the first frost of winter fast approaching.
Southwest Airlines is expanding its operations in St. Louis with the announcement of new non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Pittsburgh, PA (PIT), Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT) in the spring of 2016. In all, Southwest is adding eight daily departures to its late spring schedule across six destinations.
Daily non-stop service to Pittsburgh begins March 10, 2016 and will replace service currently being offered by American Airlines (previously, US Air) until December 2015.
Beginning April 12, 2016 Southwest will begin service to two new markets for St. Louis, with two daily flights each to Des Moines and Wichita. That same day, Southwest will begin year-round service to Seattle, WA (SEA), upgraded from seasonal service in the summer in past years. The airline is also adding a second daily flight to Tulsa, OK (TUL) as well as a second daily flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP). Tickets to all these destinations are available now on Southwest.com.
“Southwest has continued to show its commitment to St. Louis with this announcement of new flights which really expands our connectivity across the U.S.” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We quickly regain Pittsburgh service and we gain new and important Midwest markets in Des Moines and Wichita, to allow travelers to fly direct or to connect through St. Louis to every major market in the Southwest system.”
The new flights are in addition to two other new destinations announced earlier this year. Southwest will begin a daily non-stop flight between STL and John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Los Angeles, CA on November 22. In early January, Southwest will begin daily service between STL and Little Rock, AR (LIT).
When the April 12 flights begin, Southwest will serve 39 destinations from St. Louis for a total of 97 daily departures. Lambert will be the 12th busiest airport in the Southwest system.
Fall colors are on full display in the sky as storm clouds clear and the sun rises over Lambert Airfield on Friday.
The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler, and even the sky appeared to take inspiration from the color-changing fall leaves Friday morning. The sunrise gave a truly beautiful display, as clearing storm clouds became a vibrant palette of oranges, reds, yellows and purples. Fall is definitely here, and it’s a season that can make us want to cozy-up with pumpkin spice and the ones we love. Those of us who work at Lambert Airport get to be a part of bringing people together every single day- and also serving those favorite fall flavors our travelers crave. In passenger statistics just released, year-to-date through September, Lambert has boarded 4.75 million passengers- up from 4.67 million a year ago. With more people to make happy, and new destinations on their way, the changes fall is bringing are definitely good ones!
(Oct. 22, 2015 - St. Louis) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport saw a strong month of passenger traffic in September with an increase in passenger enplanements of 4.1 percent over the same time period a year ago (521,851 vs 510,709). The boost helped increase 2015’s third quarter enplanements by 3.1 percent. Year-to-date through September, Lambert has boarded 4.75 million passengers compared to 4.67 million a year ago for a 1.7 percent increase.
Check out the latest year-to-date statistics here.
Just prior to the third quarter, Lambert added new non-stop destinations to Austin, TX (Southwest), Portland, OR (Alaska) and Jackson, TN (Air Choice One). Additional service to Seattle, WA on Alaska Airlines also carried through the summer months in 2015.
On November 22, Southwest will launch daily Boeing 737 service to John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), which will provide a second airport option in the Los Angeles market. In early January, Southwest will launch two daily non-stops to Little Rock, AR (LIT).
Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier at Lambert, with a 53 percent market share through September 2015. American Airlines is second in market share in St. Louis with 20 percent. Delta is third with 13 percent. Lambert served 12.4 million passengers in 2014 with more than 250 daily departures to 67 non-stop destinations during the peak travel season.
US Airways’ name has been removed throughout the property in preparation for completion of the merger into American Airlines on Saturday.
Airports all around the country are removing signage for US Airways, as the name is set to disappear this weekend when the merger with American Airlines is made final. The last US Airways flight arrives in Philadelphia Saturday morning. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport began the process of removing the airline’s signage throughout the property early in the week, when the US Airways ticket counters and gate areas in Terminal 1 were rebranded for American Airlines. Both USAirways.com and AA.com have a large “Becoming One Airline” front page section with helpful information for travelers adjusting to the transition. The merger now makes American the world’s largest airline.
Lambert Public Relations Manager, Jeff Lea, shows off the new STL trading card at the ACI-NA Conference in Long Beach CA.
Although we are certainly rooting for the Cardinals as Red October begins in St. Louis, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has another set of cards to celebrate this week. In September 2014, Lambert Airport led the campaign, and was part of the original launch of the North American Airports Collectors Series which featured trading cards from 17 airports. On Monday, Lambert led the national debut of second edition in the series, which now has more than 60 participating airports. Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) kicked off the second year of the program on Monday at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference. The airport trading card series offers aviation enthusiasts a new collectible opportunity to commemorate their travels through U.S. and Canadian airports. Lambert’s second card features an iconic image of its new copper roof on Terminal 1, which was installed in 2014. Pick up the new cards at the Airport Information Booth in Terminal 1.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has unveiled its second airport trading card in the North American Airports Collectors Series, which now has more than 60 airports in the program. Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) kicked off the second year of the program at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference in Long Beach, California this week.
The airport trading card series offers aviation enthusiasts a new collectible opportunity to commemorate their travels through U.S. and Canadian airports. Lambert led the campaign and was part of the original launch of the series which featured trading cards from 17 airports in September 2014. Lambert’s second card features an iconic image of its new copper roof on Terminal 1, which was installed in 2014.
“The trading cards have been a fantastic way to connect with our travelers, our region and the aviation community to share our unique story,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The trading cards feature the most recognizable images from some of busiest airports in the world to smaller regional airports in North America. Each card offers geographic information, facts, figures and historical information unique to each airport. The trading cards are free. Lambert’s 2nd trading card is now available at the information booth in Terminal 1 bag claim.
The program features an updated website to showcase all of the trading cards in the program on an interactive map. To learn more about the North American Airport Trading Cards, visit www.airporttradingcards.com. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter with #airportcards.
The Copper Collection selling fast at the 5th Annual Art of Travel.
On Thursday, Concourse B was transformed into a moonlit Paris streetscape for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s 5th annual Art of Travel. Guests were treated to a grand, red carpet entrance into the one-of-a-kind venue. The glimmer of dozens of candles, the warm glow of street lamps, the delicate aroma from lavender bouquets, and live music from a six-piece band set the perfect mood. Expert chefs with HMS Host flew in from all over the country to fill seven chef tables with the finest French cuisine. Guests could even sample Absinthe, authentically prepared from a French fountain, and pick blooms from a Parisian flower cart. The highlight of the evening was debuting the Art of Travel Copper Collection; jewelry crafted by local metalsmiths from Lambert’s historic original roof. Of all the wonderful elements to the evening, and there were many- the best part is how it will benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program. See you next year!
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.