Lambert-St. Louis International Airport wrapped up 2015 with its best year in passenger traffic since 2009. Lambert (STL) served 12,752,331 total passengers in 2015, a 2.9 percent increase vs 2014 (12,395,860 passengers). Enplanements (boarding passengers) for the year were up 2.7% with 6,376,297 passengers vs 6,206,499 in 2014. Arriving passenger traffic was up 3 percent with 6,376,034 passengers vs 6,189,361 in 2014.
“We saw passenger growth in 10 months over the year, and ended with a strong holiday season that saw passenger activity increase more than six percent in the final quarter,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Lambert’s airlines reported strong ticket sales throughout the year and we added four new non-stop destinations this year that certainly helped fuel this growth.”
Lambert’s new non-stop destinations in 2015 included Southwest Airlines’ service to Austin, TX (AUS) and Orange County, CA (SNA), Alaska’s service to Portland, OR (PDX) and Air Choice One’s new service to Jackson, TN (MKL).
Momentum from 2015 is carrying over to 2016. The addition of several more new non-stop destinations from St. Louis will push Lambert to more than 70 non-stop destinations by the peak summer travel season. Earlier this month Southwest began twice-daily service to Little Rock, AR (LIT). In March, Southwest will begin flying a daily non-stop to Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) and will then add twice daily service to Wichita, KS (ICT) and Des Moines, IA (DSM) in April. Frontier Airlines will begin 3x per week service to Atlanta, GA (ATL) in April. In June, Southwest will begin new service to Oakland, CA (OAK) - a new St. Louis destination- while also adding Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) to its network.
Southwest finished 2015 with a leading enplanement market share of 51.7 percent. American Airlines is 2nd in market share with 20 percent. Delta Air Lines is 3rd in market share with nearly 14 percent of enplanements at Lambert for the year.
A passenger helplessly looks at a flight information display after flights are cancelled nationwide due to a large snowstorm in the east.
The east coast is bracing for a record-setting snowfall forecasted to hit this weekend. CNN News reported on Friday that nearly 30 million residents are under blizzard watches or warnings, and at least 4,500 flights have been canceled ahead of the expected storm, which is stranding thousands of passengers. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport alone had 24 arrivals and 34 departures cancelled on Friday. Airports in larger cities saw even more of their flights impacted. The weather conditions are predicted to be so severe, several major airlines began halting service completely to the affected states as early as Friday afternoon. Passengers are urged to check with their airlines for the latest information on flight delays and cancellations.
A low winter sun casts an array of shadows onto the floor in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge.
The architecture of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is iconic for its sweeping domes and hundreds of individually unique window panes. The wash of natural light in the space-age terminal is beautiful in any season, but in the winter, it allows for special shadows that can only be seen this time of year. With the winter sun so low in the sky, the rays cast striking shadows onto the floor in the mid-afternoon. The myriad of shapes in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge make for beautiful shadow art patterns that accent the space.
Hiding under that napkin is a giant sprinkled donut Dad picked out just for her, at the celebration of STL’s new service to Little Rock, AR.
A delicious and colorful sight greeted Terminal 2 passengers on Friday morning. Scattered throughout gate E10 were dozens of balloons, and seemingly endless boxes of decorated donuts for the taking. The sweet surprise was to celebrate the launch of twice-daily service to Little Rock, AR on Southwest Airlines beginning January 6th. The two daily flights to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock 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. Also announced this week, Frontier Airlines is expanding service with a non-stop route to Atlanta, GA starting in April.
Until then, air travelers can continue to use all official state IDs for boarding domestic commercial flights. Beyond the new deadline, those passengers carrying IDs that do not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
DHS also outlined a timetable for educating the traveling public beginning in 2016 with web-based advisories, handouts and airport signage.
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today applauded the announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of its plan to provide a reasonable time prior to initiating the enforcement of REAL ID requirements for passengers traveling on commercial aircraft.
“ACI-NA and its member U.S. airports applaud the decision by DHS to provide a reasonable timeframe prior to requiring passengers to present identification from a REAL ID compliant state in order to travel on commercial aircraft,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Through its decision to provide a two-year implementation timeframe, DHS clearly recognized the importance of minimizing the potential impact on the traveling public. ACI-NA and its member airports look forward to ongoing coordination with DHS and the Transportation Security Administration to advance initiatives to educate travelers and help to ensure a reasonable implementation of REAL ID requirements.”
Read official DHS Announcement and REAL Id Timeline.
DHS further states in its web post that it is in the process of planning how to enforce Real ID regulations at airports. However, there will not be any changes made without a minimum of a 120-day notice to the traveling public. Missouri, Illinois and a few other states are still working though compliance issues related to the Real ID Act.
Frontier Airlines announced it's expanding at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with new service to Atlanta beginning April 14, 2016. The non-stop flight between Lambert (STL) and Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) will be three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday). Introductory fares to Atlanta are as low as $39 (one-way) for flights through August 15 and are available now at www.flyfrontier.com.
Atlanta will be the seventh destination served by Frontier from Lambert. Frontier currently flies daily to Cancun, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Tampa Bay. St. Louis was one of multiple cities that will see expanded service from Frontier this spring and summer.
“Travelers between big cities have enjoyed low fares while many markets have remained overpriced and underserved,” said Frontier Airlines President Barry Biffle. “Frontier’s low fares in these new markets will benefit millions of new fliers who are forced to drive because they haven’t found affordable air travel options – or they simply stay at home. We see hundreds of additional opportunities like these throughout the country, fueling our growth for years to come.”
Busy servers at Lambert’s new Vino Volo prepare several Winter Cabernet wine flights for a table of awaiting passengers.
Vino Volo has arrived in St. Louis, with its newest location at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL).Travelers in search of a great glass of wine and a tasty bite before their flight can now visit Vino Volo in Terminal 2 near Gate E18. Vino Volo (derived from “wine flight” in Italian) is a trusted wine authority that combines a cozy wine lounge, restaurant, tasting bar and boutique wine shop under one roof. Founded in 2005, Vino Volo revolutionizes how people experience wine by making the tasting experience approachable and educational. Here at Lambert, guests have the opportunity to taste hand-selected wines from around the world by the glass, in tasting flights, or by the bottle to either take home or have shipped. The food menu offers small plates to pair with wines, such as smoked salmon rolls and a Brie and prosciutto sandwich. CHEERS!
The bride makes her grand entrance in Concourse B, for the very first wedding ceremony at Lambert Airport.
At Lambert-St. Louis International Airport last May, Patrick Walker told Nicci Roach that he loved her for the very first time. Just after Lambert-St. Louis International Airport opened the door to host private events in its re-purposed Concourse B, this travel-loving couple decided to take the plunge to pull off the first-ever wedding at the Airport on Saturday. The couple’s story and the milestone event at Lambert were captured beautifully by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The 26,000 square feet in Concourse B were transformed; the corridor became an aisle and seating area for over 300 guests, the main room divided into a cocktail area and adjoining reception space, original airline ticket counters became bars, and expansive airfield views provided the perfect backdrop for this unique and special day. For more information on Concourse B, as well as Lambert’s other rental spaces, please click here.
Just months after Lambert-St. Louis International Airport opened the door to host private events in its re-purposed Concourse B,Nicci Roach and Patrick Walker decided to take the plunge to pull off the first ever wedding at the Airport.
After several more months of planning, Nicci and Patrick walked down the aisle on December 19. He was in a white tux, she was in a gorgeous sequined wedding gown. The two strolled slowly with their wedding party down the white-tiled concourse floor to join their pastor and more than 300 invited guests. Soon after, they exchanged their vows of marriage.
The ceremony then transitioned to the reception just steps beyond the corridor to the open space of Concourse B and banks of windows that open up to views of Lambert’s airfield and other concourses. The couple’s party planner, Marc Williams with Seasons Floral Design, worked with Lambert and HMSHost, the airport’s master food and beverage concessionaire and in-house caterer, to create their perfect event. Elegantly dressed tables, a dance floor, a stage for the band and a custom buffet were all set up for this travel-themed wedding. Through the night, guests celebrated the couple’s new life while catching views of planes taxiing to the gate or getting ready to take to the skies. The couple’s story and the milestone event at Lambert were captured beautifully by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport expanded its offerings of special event, business, and private gathering spaces in December of 2014 with the addition of Concourse B, which has sweeping views of the airfield, expert catering services, and peak amenities. Concourse B offers 26,000 square feet of customizable space in a pre-secure area for easy access. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow a wash of natural sunlight during the day, and at night offer a view of the airfield’s glistening lights. Some of the many Concourse B rental features include A/V setup, stage setup, and separate breakout spaces. Events include 5 hours of parking. The Concourse B is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the Terminal 1 parking garage, and available for weddings, business gatherings, reunions, galas, banquets, conferences, and other special events. Rental rates are $1,800 for 5 hours on weekends, and $1,500 for 5 hours on weekdays.
For more information on Concourse B or Lambert's other rental spaces, click here, or contact Barbara Carter, Lambert Events Coordinator, at (314) 426-8007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.