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Photo of the Week: Isaac Soaker

Joelyn Levy popped out the umbrella while dropping off her parents at Terminal 1 on Friday.

The brutal summer is officially coming to an end with the extended reach of Hurricane Isaac. The hurricane throttled the gulf coast this week and the super slow bands of rain have reached Missouri. At Lambert, visitors were forced to find their umbrellas, which probably haven’t seen any tours of duty for months. The St. Louis area is expected to receive up to five inches of rain through the weekend ending with a sunny Labor Day on Monday. After punishing heat and widespread drought, there will be few complaints if Isaac holds back on flooding and delivers just a well needed soaker.

 

Photo of the Week: Talking Green

"Green Jean" Ponzi talks green with Lambert Airport’s Mike Bernich (center) and Joletta Golik (right) for a show that airs Aug. 26 on KTRS.

A lot of people, companies and cities are talking green these days. And that’s a great thing. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport got a chance to talk green with one of the great environmental and sustainability ambassadors in the St. Louis area this week. "Green Jean" Ponzi, with the Missouri Botanical Garden, hosts Growing Green St. Louis every Sunday on KTRS 550 AM (1-2 p.m.). Environmental & Safety Manager Joletta Golik and Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Mike Bernich (pictured above) joined Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge to share the great improvements Lambert has made in areas of recycling, waste management, energy consumption, air and land quality and so much more

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Radio show, Growing Green St. Louis, To Highlight Lambert's Successes

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will be profiled on "Growing Green St. Louis" (KTRS 550 AM August 26, 1-2 p.m.). The program, hosted by Jean Ponzi (aka "Green Jean") from the Missouri Botantical Garden, will delve into all the iniatiatives underway at Lambert to help the environment and our community while continuing safe and efficient operations. Read the rest of entry »

Lambert Designated as StormReady by National Weather Service

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has been designated as StormReady® by the National Weather Service. Lambert volunteered for the nationwide preparedness program after being hit by a tornado in April 2011. Lambert joins the ranks of other major airports, such as Indianapolis, San Francisco and Detroit Metro that are designated as StormReady®. Read the rest of entry »

Photo of the Week: San Antonio Dance

10-year-old Chase Tokarz gets into the spirit dancing to Karaoke during Southwest’s kickoff celebration for its new nonstop service to San Antonio.

Karaoke. Dancing. Cookies. And a few sombreros. Southwest Airlines and Lambert welcomed many surprised passengers early Sunday morning, August 12, with a pre-flight celebration for the new nonstop service to San Antonio. "Karaoke Bob" filled the air with Texas tunes mixed with some great karaoke performances that drew crowds and applause. 10-year-old Chase Tokarz got into the spirit with a solo performance on the impromptu dance floor to liven the spirit all around. Southwest now flies two daily nonstop flights to San Antonio. Southwest also kicked off two daily flights to New York LaGuardia on the same day.

US Air and Cape Air Move to New Ticket Counters in Terminal 1

The Airport Experience renovation program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport crossed another milestone this week with the opening of new US Airways and Cape Air ticket counters. They are located across from the new American Airlines ticket area between Terminal 1 entrances 3 & 4. Both airlines moved their ticketing operation from other areas of the upper level Ticketing Lobby.

The new ticket counters feature more customer friendly self-check in kiosks and new baggage conveyer systems that will be activated at a later date. The renovations also includes new terrazzo flooring. Lambert is renovating all ticket counter areas in phases as part of the $70 million Airport Experience Program. Other renovations, including new ceilings, new lighting, new signage and improved restrooms, are ongoing throughout Terminal 1.  

Lambert Welcomes the Blue Angels

Lambert was welcomed with blue skies and the Blue Angels today. The U.S. Navy and Marines aviation demonstration team landed with five Boeing F/A-18s and famous "Fat Albert," a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules. The team landed around 9 a.m. for half-day visit at Boeing on the north side of Lambert's airfield.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to participate in the Chicago Air and Water Show this upcoming weekend.

Check out more pics from the Blue Angels visit at Lambert.

Photo of the Week: Ramp Smart

American Airlines’ Jim McDermott marshalls a MD-80 aircraft into the gate.

They are the men and women who work around and under the wing to turn an arriving flight into a departing flight. They are ramp agents and Lambert has some of the most dedicated around. We caught up with Jim McDermott who has been marshalling planes into the gates for 44 years. He started with Ozark, transitioned to TWA and now proudly wears AA on his safety vest. Ramp agents load and unload luggage and do all the temporary power hookups to the aircraft while it’s at the gate. And when the Captain wants to leave, ramp agents make it happen with a big push from a tug to clear the jetway.

Photo of the Week: Patriotic Welcome

Wounded soldier Pvt. Charles "Chaz" Ligon arrived at Lambert shaking hands of Patriot Guard supporters this week.

U.S. Army Pvt. Charles "Chaz" Ligon flew home this week for the first time since he was severely wounded in Afghanistan more than seven months ago. The 21-year-old Purple Heart recipient lost his left leg after his vehicle struck an explosive device. Since then, he has been recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. His family from West Frankfort, Ill was on hand to see him walk out of the C Concourse where he was greeted by a long line of Patriot Guard members who continue to show their support for our soldiers in combat.

Lambert Roadway Detours Ending, Passenger Pickup Returning Curbside

The road construction blues outside Lambert's Terminal 1 Bag Claim entrances will end late Sunday, August 5. By Monday, August 6, the 4-lane roadway will reopen to all public traffic including motorists picking up passengers. Read the rest of entry »

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