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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cargo jets carrying General Motors automobile parts park on the airfield J-Pad in sight of Terminal 2.
Ever wish your car could fly? Perhaps you still do! Well, it’s entirely possible that pieces of your car have already taken to the skies. A special delivery of 342,000 pounds of vehicle transmissions arrived at Lambert this week, intended for use at a nearby General Motors plant. Ten cargo aircraft, which included Boeing 727s, 737s, and MD80s, carried the 171 ton shipment from Mexico to St. Louis. The planes arrived via a Michigan-based charter company on behalf of General Motors. Interestingly, the 727’s pictured here were once passenger jets that have since been converted for cargo use. As many as five aircraft containing the auto parts were parked on the airfield at a time. How long does it take to unload 36,000 pounds of cargo per plane? About 30 minutes each.
Minions overtake Hudson News stores throughout Lambert Airport!
With the release of the Minions movie in theaters July 10, the lovable, mischievous creatures have been spotted in droves throughout the Airport. It’s hard to miss their bright yellow color as you walk through the concourses, either on display, or in passenger’s hands as recent purchases. Minion Madness has definitely arrived at Lambert, and it’s tons of fun! Hudson News stores have Minions available in all shapes and sizes, as well as on a variety of merchandise including play sets, candy, lunchboxes and beverage tumblers, to name a few.
In the continuing effort to support the creation of new artworks, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has commissioned a custom jewelry collection that will be offered for sale at its 5th annual Art of Travel event. The commissioned jewelry is one of many highlights for the annual fundraiser, which benefits the Lambert Art and Culture Program. This year’s event, on October 1 in Terminal 1’s Concourse B, will celebrate the romance, glamour and mystery of Paris. The event will be held from 6- 9 p.m. The Chairs of the event are Susan Barrett, Kelly Peck and Dorte Probstein. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.artoftravelstl.com for tickets and event information.
The commissioned jewelry collection is being created by four St. Louis area artists: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker. The artists will use reclaimed pieces of copper from Lambert’s original terminal roof, which was replaced in 2014. The full jewelry collection will debut at the Art of Travel with prices beginning around $40. A few exclusive pieces will be offered for more than $1,000. Lambert is collaborating with Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, the official Art Partner for the Art of Travel, to offer an exclusive “first look” at a few select works from the collection prior to the Airport’s event.
An exhibition, “Art of Travel: St. Louis Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design,” featuring previous jewelry creations from each of the artists, is now on display in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge through this fall. Lisa Colby operates a studio in St. Louis and teaches metalsmithing techniques around the United States. Peg Fetter has collections on display in galleries around the world and teaches metalsmithing at several institutions: Craft Alliance, Saint Louis University and Fontbonne University. Adam Foster operates a studio in St. Louis and makes distinctive jewelry using old world techniques. Jenny Walker also maintains a St. Louis studio selling at juried art fairs and on the wholesale market.
In addition to the custom jewelry, the 5th annual Art of Travel will feature the return of premier chef tables with a touch of gourmet French fare by HMSHost, signature Art of Travel cocktails, live music featuring Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band, and a silent auction of travel and art experience packages. The event is expected to top 400 guests this year in Concourse B, which is the only rental venue in St. Louis that offers an entertainment space with views of an active airfield. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Tickets include food, drinks, parking and entertainment. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. Donations to the Lambert Art and Culture Program are also accepted. Visit www.artoftravelstl.com for latest information.
The Art of Travel is the Airport’s signature social event that supports the mission to feature more art and cultural works at the Airport through permanent installations and temporary exhibits. The Lambert Art and 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.; Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; and Freida L. Wheaton, Salon 53 and Founder of Alliance of Black Art Galleries.
St. Louis' famous frozen treat has been a year-round craving for generations. Now, Ted Drewes familiar yellow frozen custard cups can be found minutes from airline gates at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Three new chilled vending machines dispensing Ted Drewes frozen custard have been installed in each of Lambert’s concourses.
“Ted Drewes has a fanatical following here and we’re excited to be able to offer a unique taste of St. Louis in the Airport for our millions of visitors who might not otherwise get a chance to visit the South St. Louis custard stands,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The machines deliver Ted Drewes' famous "concrete" style custard, which Chris Beckemeier, Ted Drewes operations manager, explains is "a shake so thick you can turn it upside down." Beckemeier says the move to offer frozen custard through a vending machine is a first for the family-owned company, which traditionally offers its products at its two popular South City stores and some grocery store locations.
Ted Drewes is offering its six top selling "concrete" flavors in 8 oz. cups: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Oreo cookie, Heath Bar, and chocolate chip.
Vanessa and Annika joined their family in celebrating the new Alaska Airlines’ flight between Portland, OR and St. Louis.
It was all cake and smiles at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Lambert celebrated the launch of three new non-stop destinations to Austin, TX, Jackson, TN and Portland, OR for the week of June 28. The Airport joined Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines in throwing a party at the gate for the first flights to Austin and Portland. Custom cakes were shaped as luggage decorated with each city’s destination airport code. Passengers and guests could choose from a table full of cupcakes, too. Kelli and Eric Hanson and their three daughters, Vanessa, Annika and Ava were on Alaska’s first flight. They received celebration cookies before departing. When they arrived in St. Louis, they walked right into the STL cake party, which also included live music. As you can see from the picture above, the girls were off to a very SWEET trip.
After a 2-year hiatus, non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Little Rock, AR (LIT) will return in January 2016 on Southwest Airlines. Southwest announced it will fly two daily non-stop flights between STL and LIT beginning January 6. Tickets are available online now at southwest.com.
The two daily flights to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock (pictured) will depart STL at 10:25 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Terminal 2, where Southwest currently operates 11 gates. Flights from Little Rock will arrive at Lambert at 7:40 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. The schedule gives Little Rock travelers greater connectivity to other destinations on the Southwest network through St. Louis.
“We’re excited to see the return of Little Rock to serve our region,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Not only does this give St. Louis one more non-stop flight destination, but it capitalizes on Lambert’s ability to efficiently serve Southwest’s growing number of connecting passengers to more than 30 other destinations.”
The announcement comes at the same time Lambert is celebrating the launch of three new non-stop flights this week: Austin, TX (AUS), Portland, OR (PDX) and Jackson, TN (MKL).
Service to Austin, TX on Southwest Airlines began Sunday, June 28, 2015, along with service to Jackson, TN. on Air Choice One. Alaska Airlines’ service to Portland, OR begins Wednesday, July 1. Lambert will also debut new service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA on Southwest Airlines in November.
The new service highlights an already very strong year in passenger traffic. The latest, just-released statistics show a total passenger growth of 2.4 percent between January and May 2015, versus the same time period in 2014. For May alone, Lambert recorded a 2.6 percent increase in total passenger traffic. Lambert has served 4.9 million passengers through May of 2015. With this week’s new service, Lambert now has 253 daily flights to 63 destinations.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.