St. Louis ArtWorks students snap pictures of a plane about to land at Lambert this week.
Pictures and more pictures were snapped this week at Lambert by a group of young artists in training. Lambert invited 17 high school and college-age students with St. Louis ArtWorks to see what life is like on a typical day at Lambert. The students captured planes taking off, baggage being loaded into planes, crews painting stripes on the airfield taxiways, restaurants in action, homecoming reunions and much more. The students will turn those pictures into sketches, paintings and other works of art for an exhibit at the Airport later this summer. The Boeing Company is sponsoring this summer art project at Lambert.
Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge served on several panels throughout the conference including an Airport Director's forum. She was also the featured speaker at the Women in Aviation breakfast where she encouraged scholarship recipients to take advantage of every opportunity to grow and strengthen their leadership skills in their young careers.
The conference featured a Welcome to St. Louis reception for attendees who represent airports, airport businesses and small businesses from around the country. The Acting Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, also visited the St. Louis conference to address agency's on-going effort to improve opportunities for minorities and women-owned businesses on federal projects. The former CEO of the restaurant company Baja Fresh, David Kim, was the conference keynote speaker. He encouraged business owners and leaders in the audience to follow their passions and invest in people, their employees, to grow. The final day of the Conference showcased the annual AMAC Expo which allowed companies to highlight their services.
St. Louis and Mid-Missouri students from People to People get ready to fly out of Lambert for a trip to Europe.
The entrance the C Concourse Checkpoint is now opened up after renovations.
For months, the path to the C Concourse Checkpoint in Terminal 1 was obscured by a line of construction walls. On Friday, the walls were hauled off. The change is dramatic with higher ceilings and brighter lights. The entrance to the checkpoint is now open and inviting. It’s all part of the Airport Experience Program renovations. This is the first phase of the lower level to be substantially completed. Next week, newly renovated restrooms at the checkpoint entrance will open. And the checkpoint will get more screening equipment. When needed, the TSA will have the ability to screen passengers in eight lanes.
Passenger traffic at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport increased 4.4 percent in April marking the fourth straight month of passenger growth. Through April, Lambert is logging a 3.6 percent increase in passenger enplanements for 2012 versus the same time period in 2011. Connecting traffic remains strong for 2012 with an increase of more than 8 percent in April and 11.6 percent for the first four months of 2012. Nearly 509,000 passengers boarded flights from Lambert in April and 1.87 million passengers, year-to-date.
“The numbers certainly support what we witnessed in April here at Lambert with healthy business travel as well as a strong spring leisure travel season,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’ve stayed busy through the Memorial Day holiday weekend so we have every reason to believe this positive growth trend will continue through the summer.”
In June, Lambert will operate approximately 255 daily departures to 61 non-stop destinations. Southwest Airlines will begin service to Lambert’s newest non-stop destination, Panama City Beach, FL, on June 3.
Lambert passengers make their way past Delta gate A2 on the Friday before Memorial Day.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend and a heat wave are sure signs that summer has arrived in St. Louis. The kickoff to the summer travel season has been very evident throughout Lambert this week. Airline gate areas, concourses, bag claims--all seem to be bustling with a boost of passengers. If the spring is any indication, the Airport will be showing strong activity through the summer. Lambert’s first quarter passenger traffic was up 3.4 percent.
A carpenter with Bam Contracting measures up the framing for a new wall for Lambert’s ticket counter renovations in Terminal 1.
Behind walls, more walls are going up on the ticketing level of Terminal 1. Lambert is now in phase two of ticket counter and airline office renovations. The work is across from the recently renovated American Airlines ticket counters. Workers are currently framing and installing new heating and ventilation systems. Renovations will also include new baggage delivery systems, ticket counters, kiosks and new terrazzo flooring.
Katie Schmitz of Boston gives her pet Pomeranian, Cricket, a bottle break during a layover at the Pet Relief area outside Terminal 2.
There are times when a layover is greatly appreciated by our travelers, especially when flying with a four-legged companion. For Cricket, a 3-year old Pomeranian, the break brought much needed relief after a long flight from Boston in a carry-on pet carrier. Her owner, Katie Schmitz, found the Lambert’s pet relief area outside Terminal 2 Bag Claim so she could rest and her dog could work off a little built-up energy. Cricket got a well deserved bottle break, as well, to quench her thirst for the next leg of their journey.
Lambert has one more surprise in the wait for the newly renovated and restored C Concourse. InMotion Entertainment missed out on all the reopening festivities one month ago. Employees were busy Friday stocking the shelves to open by this weekend. The electronics and entertainment retail store has moved next to Gate C7 and features a new store design dressed in red and black. InMotion offers DVD’s, cameras, games, headphones and a full assortment of electronic accessories that are in high demand by travelers. InMotion also has stores in the A and E Concourses at Lambert.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.