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Airport Revenue News Names Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge its Airport Director of the Year

Airport Revenue News has announced that Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, is its Director of the Year in the medium airports category.

“ARN is proud to choose Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge for this award," says Ramon Lo, publisher of ARN. "Rhonda has led the airport through tornado damage and reductions in air service to a point where STL is now poised to take the next step."

Airport Revenue News (ARN) is a monthly magazine and multi-channel media outlet that covers the business of airports including retail, food and beverage, development and other passenger services.  ARN said its choice for Hamm-Niebruegge as director of the year was based on her extensive career in the aviation industry and the many achievements she’s had in her five-year tenure with the airport including gains in air service that followed the drastic reduction in flights. ARN also cited the recent completion of Lambert’s Airport Experience renovation program that modernized Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C.  Earlier this year, Lambert announced a five-year strategic plan aimed at further increasing air service, strengthening the airport’s financial standing, growing cargo revenues and more. Hamm-Niebruegge co-chairs the Airport Council International-North America's medium-hub airports committee and sits on the U.S. Government Affairs Committee.

“I’m honored to be chosen for this recognition among a field of so many accomplished airport directors who are all making great strides to navigate and excel in an ever-changing industry,” says Hamm-Niebruegge. “This honor really speaks to the excellence and dedication of our entire STL team, which has overcome many unique challenges in St. Louis, with the end goal of transforming Lambert into a more vibrant regional asset by creating new opportunities to grow air service, foster economic development and sustain a welcoming experience for all of our visitors, passengers and customers.” 

Lambert is the largest medium hub airport in the U.S. with 6.1 million enplanements (boardings) in 2014 according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest passenger statistics. There are 31 medium hub airports. The smallest medium hub airport in 2014 was Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA with 1.9 million boardings.  

Hamm-Niebruegge will be interviewed in and featured on the cover of ARN’s November issue. She will be presented this award at the ARN Awards Show on the final night of the ARN 2016 Revenue Conference & Exhibition in Dallas. 

Brazilian Beats: Lambert Photo of the Week

"Mo" Marchini of the band Samba Bom welcomed some young performers to play along at a Lambert Gallery performance this week.

The Sheldon Art Galleries officially opened their new exhibit, Wonderful Winds, at the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It features an amazing collection of ancient and rare music instruments from across the globe. The pieces are part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, which was donated to The Sheldon by Dr. Aurelia and Jeff Hartenberger in 2014. The full collection consists of 2,500 instruments and pays tribute to a rich diversity of music representing American, Native American, African, Asian, Central American and South American cultures. Whistles, horns, trumpets, flutes, aerophones, crumhorns and bugles are just a few of the instruments on display. The Brazilian band Samba Bom played to the exhibition’s wordly theme for the opening reception. The exhibition runs through December.

Sheldon Art Galleries’ 'Wonderful Winds' Exhibition Features Historic Music Instruments

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has unveiled a new art exhibit with the debut of The Sheldon Art Galleries’ Wonderful Winds: Musical Instruments from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, which runs now through December 13, 2015 at the Lambert Gallery. An opening celebration will be held on Thursday, August 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1, featuring music by Samba Bom.

The exhibit features a selection of beautiful and exotic wind instruments from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central and North America, which are a part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, a major donation of over 2,500 historic and contemporary world musical instruments made to the Sheldon Art Galleries in 2014 by Dr. Aurelia and Jeff Hartenberger and their family members.

Inspired by the growing interest in world music, aided by the ease of world travel and communication, the exhibit includes a figural Mpiru tribal flute of the Bwa culture of Burkina Faso, a beautifully carved janus head divination whistle from the Sundi People of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spectacular jeweled conch shell trumpet from Tibet, and a sheng (or mouth) organ from China made of bamboo.  It also features are a flute in the shape of a crocodile which represents the spirit Nashut from Papua New Guinea, and a “Bull Roarer” from the Asmat People from the Region of Irian Jaya, Papua Province, Indonesia.

Several pieces in the exhibit represent Latin American countries, including a double-chamber water flute from Peru, and a Mayan whistle from 500 to 800 B.C.E.  Also on view will be a selection of European folk instruments like a German button accordion, a pair of early crumhorns, a dvojnice whistle-flute from Bosnia and a kaval flute from Bulgaria.  

Our nation’s military is also honored with a display of historic musical instruments dating from the Civil War, World War I and World War II. These include a Civil War clairon bugle and fife, a “triple twist” bugle from World War I and a U.S. Regulation field trumpet (bugle), used by the U.S. Army Cavalry in World War II.    

The exhibition is guest curated and text panels are written by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger. The exhibition is organized by The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri. Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council. Exhibits at the Lambert Gallery are selected by the Airport’s seven-member Art Advisory Committee. It features works from local and regional arts organizations. Previous exhibitors include the Missouri Fiber Artists, Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, Missouri State Museum, Foundry Art Centre, Craft Alliance and the Griot Museum of Black History.

To see more of the Hartenberger World Music Collection and other exhibits of fine art and architecture, visit The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63108. More information at www.TheSheldon.org. The instrument collection can also be searched online at www.hwmconline.com.

Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Support is provided by the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council.

Blue Skies: Lambert Photo of the Week

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels depart from Lambert-St. Louis airfield in their signature, precision “Diamond” formation. 

The sky was just a little more blue over Lambert on Wednesday, as the world-renowned Blue Angels made a special appearance.  Their arrival came with a ceremonious fly-by in formation, which was accented with trails of white smoke.  Upon landing, they taxied across the airfield to neighboring Boeing for a celebration that drew hundreds of staff wearing blue and gold collared Blue Angels shirts.  The pilots met Boeing employees, toured the factory, and greeted 15 local Boeing-sponsored ROTC students.  They departed Lambert at 2 p.m., heading for a Chicago air show.  A pilot told the crowd how honored he was to be fulfilling the Blue Angels’ mission to inspire and encourage excellence all over the world.  For more photos of the Blue Angels at Lambert, find us at FlySTL on Facebook and Twitter. 

Bright Idea: Lambert Photo of the Week

Electrician Tim Delworth installs an energy efficient LED bulb in the Terminal 1 Garage.

Approximately 3,000 light bulbs in the Terminal 1 Garage and Terminal 2 Garage will be replaced with LEDs as part of a continuing energy reduction campaign at Lambert-St. Louis.  The LED bulbs are 80 percent more efficient than the halogen lights they are replacing, and are also brighter. Electricians will be working through October to complete the project, which has already begun in the Terminal 1 Garage, will move to the Terminal 2 Garage in September.  The switch to LEDs is a projected $165,000  in annual energy savings.  Ameren UE contributed nearly $200,000 in grants towards the $865,000 installation effort.  Lambert plans to expand the use of LEDs onto the airfield in late fall. 

Boom Rehab: Lambert Photo of the Week

Concrete is pumped more than 100 feet in the air to the Terminal 1 MetroLink station construction site.

The MetroLink station at Terminal 1 is undergoing its first facelift since opening in 1994.  The rehabilitation project includes repairing concrete, adding tactile strips to the station platform, upgrading the electrical system, painting, and adding energy efficient LED lights.  An areal boom pump delivered concrete to the elevated platform from a mixing truck 105 feet below.  A coating of epoxy had been applied an hour before, to help adhere to the new pour to the existing surface. A worker on the platform directed the crane via remote control, while workers smoothed and shaped the mixture into place.  Fresh paint and a rust preventative were also being applied to parts of the structure.  We’re looking forward to the finished look! 

Lambert Promotes Stella, Strong to Airport’s Senior Executive Team

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has promoted Ron Stella and Antonio Strong to the Airport’s 4-member senior executive team. Stella is now the Deputy Director of Operations & Maintenance. Strong is now the Deputy Director of Finance & Administration. They will join Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Airport Director, and Jerry Beckmann, Deputy Director of Planning & Development, on the senior executive team.

Ron Stella was promoted from the Assistant Director of Operations & Maintenance, a position he’s held since November 2014. As Deputy Director, Stella will supervise multiple operating departments, including Airfield and Grounds Maintenance, the Airport Operations (Communications) Center, Airport Building Maintenance, Airport and Airfield Electrical Maintenance, Security Operations, Housekeeping, Radio Systems, and Emergency Planning. Stella also manages compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport operations regulations and standards.

Prior to joining Lambert, Stella was the former Assistant Vice President of Operations and Facilities at T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He’s also held management positions at Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) in Massachusetts.

Antonio Strong was promoted from the Assistant Director of Finance & Accounting, a position he’s held since November 2014. As Deputy Director, he will supervise the departments of Finance & Accounting, Properties Department and the Business Diversity Development Office. The key business and financial operations under his leadership will be strategic financial planning, budgeting and controls, airport grant management, airline rates and charges, airline relations, concessions and service contracts, as well as M/W/DBE certification and compliance programs, which promote business opportunities for disadvantaged, minority and women businesses for Airport and other St. Louis City departments.

Prior to joining Lambert, Strong was Financial Analyst III (Iowa Finance Lead) for American Water Works Company working in St. Louis. He is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience in the field with management responsibilities focused on accounting, auditing, benefits administration, mergers & acquisitions, and internal controls. Prior to American Water Works, he held positions with Express Scripts, May Department Stores, Emerson Electric and Unisource Worldwide. 

Cut Away: Lambert Photo of the Week

A Southwest Airlines’ plane flies alongside an airfield construction zone.

If you put all of Lambert Airport’s runways end-to-end, it would total over 10.3 miles.  That’s a LOT of pavement!  What you may not know, is that all of the concrete on the airfield is 17 inches thick, as required by the Federal Aviation Administration.  In a summer-long process, airfield construction crews are replacing an area approximately 550 feet long by 450 feet wide on the E-Pad, which is a designated waiting zone for aircraft.  You can see where the old concrete was cut away from the existing surface. It was then crushed for use as one of several permeable sub-layers beneath the new concrete pour, which is expected to be 12,500 cubic yards.  The airfield remains fully operational during the construction, with planes taking off and landing around the site. This Southwest plane is using runway 12L, which measures 9,003 feet long and 150 feet wide.

Lambert Terminal 1 MetroLink Station to Close for Two Weeks on July 27

The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Terminal 1 MetroLink Station will temporarily close Monday, July 27 for construction, and is scheduled to reopen on Monday, August 10.  Service will end at the Terminal 2 MetroLink station. 

During the closure, Lambert Airport will provide free shuttle service for MetroLink passengers between the Terminal 2 MetroLink Station and the Terminal 1 MetroLink Station.  Riders are encouraged to allow extra time during these trips, as they may experience delays of up to 30 minutes when using the shuttle service. MetroLink Red Line service east of Lambert Airport Terminal 2 MetroLink Station will not be affected, and trains will operate on normal weekday and weekend schedules.

The Terminal 1 MetroLink station will be shut down for a rehabilitation project that includes repairing concrete, adding tactile strips to the station platform, upgrading the electrical system, painting, and the installation of energy efficient LED lights. This is the first major improvement to the station since it opened in 1994.

During the Lambert Airport Terminal 1 Station closure:
  • Metro passengers heading to Terminal 1: Exit MetroLink train at the Terminal 2 MetroLink Station. At Entry 12, board a Terminal Shuttle to travel to Terminal 1.
  • Metro passengers leaving Terminal 1: At Entry 12, board a Terminal Shuttle to travel to Terminal 2. Then, head to the Terminal 2 MetroLink Station to board an eastbound MetroLink train.

The Airport will have signage to help direct passengers to the Terminal Shuttles.

One side of the Lambert Airport Terminal 1 Station platform will be closed between 8 p.m. Friday, July 24 until end of service on Sunday, July 26 as crews begin preparing for the rehabilitation project. MetroLink will remain on a normal operating schedule, with but with train access on only one side of the platform during this period.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is managing the project contractor and funding the improvements to the Terminal 1 MetroLink Station. Both Airport MetroLink stations are owned by Lambert Airport.

Additional information is available at metrostlouis.org or by calling Metro Transit Information, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345.


2015 Mid-Year Report: Lambert Passenger Traffic Shows Positive Growth

Retains Position as Top Medium Hub Airport in the U.S. through 2014

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reports positive passenger growth through the first two quarters of 2015 with a 1.7 percent increase in total passengers. In all, Lambert served 6,123,510 passengers through June 2015, versus 6,020,105 in the first six months 2014.  The second quarter of 2014 saw growth of 1.5 percent - 3,336,133 passengers versus 3,288,137 in the same period (April-June) of 2014.  June saw a slight dip of 1.2 percent in passenger traffic, but that followed stronger activity of year over year growth in April (3.3 percent) and May (2.6 percent). Lambert reported a 2 percent passenger growth in the first quarter of 2015.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) just released 2014 calendar year passenger statistics for U.S. Airports. Lambert retains its position as the largest medium hub airport in the U.S., ranked 31st busiest in the U.S. and 35th in North America. According to ACI-NA, Lambert served 12,384,015 passengers in 2014. The FAA, which bases its rankings on departing traffic, reported 6,108,758 enplanements for Lambert in 2014.

This summer, Lambert’s nine airlines are operating 253 daily departures to 63 non-stop destinations. Vacation charter flights account for an additional 13 weekly flights to Mexico and Caribbean destinations. In July, Lambert launched new daily service to Portland, OR (Alaska Airlines), Austin, TX (Southwest Airlines) and Jackson, TN (Air Choice One). Lambert has also announced additional new non-stop service to John Wayne Airport (Orange County), CA that will begin this November and Little Rock, AR in January.

Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier, with a 53 percent market share through June 2015. American Airlines (including US Airways) is second in market share in St. Louis with 20 percent. Delta is third with 13 percent.  

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