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Welcome Home: Lambert Photo of the Week

Family and friends gather to welcome the Robson family who arrived in St. Louis with two new family members.

It was a warm welcome back home from family and friends of the Robson’s of St. Louis. The Robsons were coming in from Ethopia via Washington, D. C. with two new family members. The couple adopted Beti and Abay from Ethopia. The couple already have three children who were on hand to meet their new siblings. Everyone anxiously awaited their arrival just outside the A checkpoint.

No Bake Cake: Photo of the Week

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is one of 250 locations hosting an STL250 Cake. See if you can find this cake and others around the city.

To celebrate the 250th birthday of St. Louis, 4-ft high cakes have sprung up across the metro area, including Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It’s all part of Cakeway to the West, a region-wide public art and history lesson campaign that is marking the city’s anniversary with 250 custom painted fiberglass cakes located at landmarks, cultural institutions, outdoor spots and places voted in by the public. Lambert’s cake sports blue and purple tones with imagery of the Airport’s domes, skylights and other iconic features. It was painted by artist Henryk Ptasiewicz. A scavenger hunt contest is underway for sleuths to find all the cakes around the city. Find out more about the cake contest and other major events here. 

Missouri State Museum Opens "Missouri Made" Exhibition at Lambert Gallery

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is proud to welcome a new exhibition by Missouri State Parks titled “Missouri Made,” now on display through June 30, 2014 at the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1.   “Missouri Made” highlights the varied and unique collection of Missouri materials, art and artifacts from the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City, Missouri. The exhibition objects demonstrate a wide-range of artistic skills and creativity.

Exploring five themes in five cases, the objects include raw materials of industry, one-of-a-kind crafts and manufactured goods.  Hand-knit clothing, paper art, a hand-carved cane, and a stained glass sampler are just a few of the artifacts that will be featured in the display cases.  The exhibit explores ideas of individual creativity and mass production, and showcases examples of unexpected beauty found within Missouri’s natural resources.

The Lambert Gallery is located in Terminal 1 in Baggage Claim near the exit for Concourse C. It was selected by the Airport Art Advisory Committee (AAAC) as one of several exhibits on display in 2014 as part of the Airport’s Art and Culture Program. The exhibit is sponsored in part by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of Missouri State Parks, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information, contact the Museum at 573-751-2854. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.  Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Exclusive Video: Baggage Ride-A-Long on Lambert's New Terminal 1 Inline Baggage System

Want to see the journey of your luggage. Now you can with the debut of Lambert-St. Louis International Airports' new inline baggage system at Terminal 1. We put cameras on luggage and ran it through the new system which includes more than 4,200 linear feet of new conveyors in Terminal 1. Watch how your luggage travels from the airline counters, down two levels, through  through TSA's screening area then onto the airlines for pickup for the outbound flight. 

Check out the ride here.

Terminal 2's new baggage system will go online in April.  

New Baggage System Goes Online; New Copper Roof Construction Beginning

Two major construction projects highlight the final pieces of a top to bottom makeover of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley joined Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge in announcing Tuesday that construction will begin on a $6.7 million project to replace the original copper roof on Lambert’s historic domed vaults. 

“The days are numbered to see the wonderful green patina on top of this architecturally historic building,” said Mayor Francis Slay.  “The new skin will shine of raw copper like it did in the mid-‘50s when the Terminal was built. The roof will slowly transform in color again with time as this Airport serves new generations in this region.”

As that project begins, the Airport is winding down on a budgeted $50.7 million project to overhaul its baggage system in the lowest level of its terminals which will improve efficiencies in screening checked baggage and immediately upgrade the customer experience during the check-in process.

The new inline baggage system in Terminal 1 is now fully operational.  Passengers in Terminal 1 can now hand off their luggage at the ticket counter versus having to transport bags to multiple explosive detection system (EDS) machines that were installed in the ticketing areas after 9/11.  Terminal 1 now operates with three EDS 9800 series machines that are now out of public view.  A new 4,200 linear feet conveyor system transports luggage from every Terminal 1 airline ticket counter, through the new EDS machines, and on to the airlines for pickup to the aircraft.  If bags need further screening, the system automatically diverts them to a resolution room where security officers will do a hands-on inspection to ensure there is no threat.

The inline baggage system for Terminal 2 is set to go live in April. It will operate in the same way and will be equipped with the same EDS machines. That system has a shorter total conveyor run of 2,258 linear feet.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is covering 90 percent of the eligible project costs, or approximately $45.6 million, through grants and funding that were announced in 2010.

"Incorporating state-of-the-art Explosive Detection System technology into an automated system such as we now have at STL not only increases efficiencies and allows for airport growth, but it reduces TSA officer injuries from lifting and moving heavy bags," said Federal Security Director Bill Switzer.   "In fact, most alarms can be resolved in the image resolution room without ever opening a bag."  

“For passengers, it’s a return to the days of being able to actually check-in your bags at the ticket counter which is a convenience we haven’t been able to experience at Lambert in more than 12 years.” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Better yet, the stand-alone screening machines in the ticket areas will no longer be needed, freeing up space and improving the open space of our terminals.”

During the last two years, the baggage system construction was synched with on-going Airport Experience renovations that included major upgrades to Terminal 1 flooring, lighting, ticket counters, restrooms and signage. The $70 million renovation program, which also included improvements to Concourses A and C, wraps up this spring.

The new copper roof is the project that will top off all these recent improvements. The Airport is replacing the 60-year old solid copper roof with copper that’s bonded with a stainless steel core for greater durability. Demolition will begin on the most-eastern dome with demolition of the existing roof and installation of the new roof phased in moving west over the next 10 months. The project calls for installing approximately 102,000 sq. ft. of the copper material to cover the four domes.  After installation, the original light bronze color of the copper will begin to turn dark brown within a year due to exposure to the elements. Over the next 20 years or so, the roof will patina to a soft green.

The roof construction will be led by general contractor Kozeny-Wagner. The major contractors for the new baggage system are C. Rallo/ Hunt Joint Venture, Five Star Airport Alliance and Vanderlande Industries.  

Honorable Handoff: Lambert Photo of the Week

The International Association of Firefighters Local 2665 Honor Guard. salute the flag flown in for fallen Columbia firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt.

American Airlines passengers at Lambert Airport watched members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2665 Honor Guard as they accepted a special flag flown in to St. Louis.to honor a fallen firefighter. Lieutenant Bruce Britt, of Columbia, died in the line of duty Saturday, Feb. 22, when a walkway collapsed at a University of Missouri-Columbia run apartment complex. The Firefighters were somber as they accepted the flag that has honored fallen first responders since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The flag was presented by an American Airlines’ pilot. Memorial services were held for Lt. Britt in Columbia, Missouri and in his hometown, Williamsville, New Mexico.

Au revior: Lambert Photo of the Week

Exchange student Camille Doligez enjoys a playful moment with Stevie and Lorna Korte, who have become her little sisters before her flight to Cincinnati onto Paris.

Angi and Stehen Korte were more than happy to welcome exhange student Camille Doligez, 18, from Paris. The family said they were elated to have a French student for more than five months as a member of their family especially since they had an empty bed vacated by their oldest daughter. "Samantha, our oldest daughter went off to college, so when they asked us, we said sure!" Doligez said she enjoyed her stay in St. Louis. It may have helped that she made some long lasting friendships while visiting. A few of her friends were also on hand to wish her safe travels back home to Paris. Doligez flew to Cincinnati and then on to Paris.

Frontier Adding Three New Coastal Destinations from St. Louis

(St. Louis)  Frontier Airlines announced it is expanding service from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to both the east and west coasts this June with the addition of new non-stop flights to San Francisco, Calif. (SFO), Portland, OR (PDX) and Trenton, New Jersey’s Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN). 

Both Portland and Trenton are new nonstop markets from Lambert while the San Francisco service adds additional frequency and seat availability. Frontier will provide roundtrip flights three days of the week between each destination. Frontier is offering introductory fares as low as $109* each way to Portland and San Francisco, and $55* each way to Trenton through Feb. 23, 2014, only at its website, FlyFrontier.com.

 

Route

Effective

Frequency

Aircraft

San Francisco

June 13, 2014

Mon/Wed/Fri

A320

Trenton, NJ

June 13, 2014

Wed/Fri/Sun

A319

Portland, OR

June 15, 2014

Tues/Thurs/Sun

A320

“Frontier’s expansion of flights from St. Louis really addresses two top targets of service for this Airport with a new non-stop destination to Portland, Ore., and additional service to San Francisco,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Trenton is also a new non-stop market and we believe it will be very attractive for both business and leisure travelers who want more price-conscious options to reach numerous destinations between New York City and Philadelphia.”

“With the addition of these three cities, St. Louis area residents now have an ultra-low fare option to get to both the east and west coast with Frontier,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president, Commercial.  

When service starts, Frontier Airlines will offer nonstop service from St. Louis to a total of 10 destinations. Through its partnership with Apple Vacations, Frontier offers service to Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Huatulco, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Domestically, nonstop service is available to Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Trenton.  

Frontier currently operates flights to 75 destinations in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic with its primary hub at Denver International Airport. For more information, visit FlyFrontier.com.

 

Winners: Lambert Photo of the Week

Southwest Airlines Customer Service Rep. Roxy Mitchell jumps up with excitement to claim her prize at the Catch Us Giving Awards Reception.

More than 100 airline, tenant, concessionaire and Lambert Authority employees came together to celebrate their achievements at the 4th Annual Catch Us Giving Awards Reception. The reception was held on the B Concourse, Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Winners and nominees from 2013 were honored for providing excellent customer service to passengers and visitors at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The nominees and winners are always excited to hear their names called for a prize. Roxy Mitchell yelled with enthusiasm when her name was called as the winner of one of the many prizes. The event is hosted by Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.

Lambert Honors Customer Service Ambassador of the Year

Lambert- St. Louis International Airport held its annual Catch Us Giving Annual Awards Reception today honoring those employees who have been recognized by passengers and visitors for going the extra mile.  Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge named Customer Service Representative Keith Burleson with Air Serv as the Ambassador of the Year.   Air Serv is the vendor which provides services to Southwest Airlines in Terminal 2.  Burleson was chosen for being recognized by passengers and visitors throughout the year for providing excellent customer service.   

“This event is a great time for us to come together as a unit and reinforce the importance of going the extra mile for the passengers we serve,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Lambert Airport Director.  

Today was a special day for more than 100 Lambert employees, partners, tenants and airline staff.  The Ambassador of the Year was recognized by the Director and receives a monetary gift courtesy US Bank. 

The Catch Us Giving customer service program receives tremendous support from the business community.  Sponsors of the Catch Us Giving Annual Awards Reception are American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Funjet Vacations, The Regional Business Council, Extended Stay America, InMotion Entertainment, Hudson, Super Park and US Bank. 

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