Southwest Airlines announces service to Oakland, CA, Cleveland, OH and Portland, OR.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) will soon have a second option for travelers to reach the San Francisco Bay area with Southwest Airlines’ announcement of new daily nonstop service to Oakland, CA (OAK) beginning June 5, 2016. Oakland is a new destination for the St. Louis region. Southwest is also adding nonstop service to Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) that same day.
“The announcement by Southwest Airlines is great news for our region, and will open up new destinations during the peak travel season this upcoming summer,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’ve focused the last year on getting more frequency and destinations to the West Coast, and the announcement is a payoff to our efforts.”
In the last year, Lambert has gained seven new destinations for the region; four of which are on Southwest Airlines. In November Southwest inaugurated its daily nonstop route to Orange County, CA (SNA). Service between STL and Little Rock, AR (LIT) begins January 6, 2016 with two nonstop flights daily. Daily nonstop service to Pittsburg, PA (PIT) begins in March, and two daily nonstop flights each to Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT) debut in April.
When the June 5th flights begin, Southwest Airlines will serve 43 destinations out of Lambert, and total 103 daily departures. Tickets are on sale now at www.Southwest.com. Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier at STL, and operates exclusively out of Terminal 2.
Sunrise from the Lambert-St. Louis Air Traffic Control Tower showcases a silhouetted leg of the Arch more than 10 miles away.
Arguably the best view in the entire city lies 18 stories above Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in the Air Traffic Control Tower. The highest point for miles, the 210 foot tall iconic structure offers a 360 degree panoramic view of a seemingly endless horizon. Air Traffic Controllers keep the airfield a safe place by communicating with, and coordinating in real-time, all inbound and outbound flights in the nearby air or on the ground. The best way to do that is with the most visibility being perched high above the action. The tower was built by the FAA in 1991, and includes a fully circular outdoor catwalk at the top, from where this photo was shot. The Air Traffic Controllers at Lambert are treated to beautiful views like this daily. Want to work in the ATC tower? You can’t be afraid of heights! In this very skilled and stressful career, the FAA regulates that new-hires must be age 30 or under.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s drive to improve energy efficiency across all networks, buildings and power systems is paying off in a big way. Ameren Missouri presented a ceremonial check to Lambert for $490,642 at the December meeting of the St. Louis Airport Commission. The check represents nearly 30 projects that earned cash incentives over the last three years through Ameren Missouri’s BizSavers® Program.
The cash incentives are just one payback. The on-going energy savings for the Airport are another. Ameren Missouri estimates the most recent projects have saved 8.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity equal to powering 575 homes for a year. Lambert is now saving more than $40,000 per month in avoided energy costs.
Lambert implemented a facility-wide Environmental Management System (EMS) in 2012 which included an environmental and sustainable commitment to include the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects into new projects and existing operations. Energy efficiency and conservation efforts at the Airport are guided by key strategies and goals in the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan (2013) that targets lower greenhouse emissions for the region.
The Airport’s project list includes small to higher profile improvements, including the installation of LED lamps in terminal garages, high mast lighting on airline ramp areas, new LED lighting in numerous work areas and office spaces and the installation of occupancy sensors throughout the complex. The lighting projects were chosen based on end of life-cycle evaluations as well as the return on investment calculations for upgrading to more energy efficient products.
The Airport continues to work with Ameren Missouri in identify more energy savings. The Airport is working on an in-depth audit by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to analyze the energy usage at multiple airport facilities.
A Southwest Airlines’ plane breaks into the sky at dawn on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Lambert-St. Louis Airport was washed in gold thanks to a vivid rising sun on Wednesday. Early morning travelers were treated to the majestic sight as the Airport welcomed an influx of passengers for one of the busiest travel days of the year. In 2015, Lambert was pleased to announce great new destinations and non-stop routes to several major markets- meaning this Holiday season, travelers can reach their loved ones faster and easier. Just in time for the Holidays, on Monday Lambert celebrated the inaugural flight of nonstop service to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. The event was complete with cupcakes, balloons, and a cake that featured two (edible!) surfers catching California waves.
Delta Airlines’ passengers board a full departing flight from STL Friday.
The busiest travel season of the year is now upon airports throughout the country. Lambert- St. Louis International Airport will see a surge in holiday traffic beginning Friday, November 20 as the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush begins. An increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic is typical at Lambert during the 10-day Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends through Monday, November 30. The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 29), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers on that day. Load factors are projected to above 90 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert, with most flights being fully booked. In 2015 Lambert has added four major new destinations and non-stop routes, facilitating travelers with even more options to quickly and conveniently reach their loved ones during this special time of year.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will see a surge in holiday traffic beginning Friday, November 20 as the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush begins. The Airport typically sees an increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic during the 10-day Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends through Monday, November 30.
The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 29), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers on that day. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 25, is projected to be the second busiest day in this travel period. Load factors on both of those days are projected to above 90 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert. Many flights will be fully booked. The two lightest travel days during the week are Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and Friday, November 27.
Lambert, TSA and Airline officials offer a number of travel tips to make it easier for passengers during the busy travel season:
Lambert-St. Louis International welcomes the innovative works of St. Louis artist Daniel Raedeke, who has introduced a burst of color and fanciful forms into the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge with works from his sculpture series “Always Almost New.”
Raedeke has three works on display, each hand fabricated from digital designs out of polystyrene and high gloss enamel paint. The result is a spirited and colorful collection of characters, with names suggesting animated toys, and design-inspired style: “Woggy,” “PhasO,” and “Landscapy.”
Daniel Raedeke's work explores the connections between contemporary art and commercial culture, offering commentary and critique on each. Currently living and working in St. Louis, he has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and in St. Louis. “Always Almost New" premiered as a solo exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park in 2004. In his work, Raedeke combines his remarkable range of skills in painting, design, animation and fabrication, by painstakingly creating digitally inspired, handmade sculptures and paintings.
The exhibit, which runs through April of 2016, is showcased at Lambert with support from Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis. The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art.
A decorator from Three French Hens adorns a Christmas tree in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Level Tuesday.
Like the classic Christmas song goes,“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go!” We are still a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving, but Holiday cheer and themed decorations seemed to pop up all over St. Louis this week! Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was no exception. In a process that takes weeks, garland, bows, wreaths, ornaments, boughs of holly and even Santa’s sleigh are beginning to make appearances on site. The crown jewel, standing over 9 feet tall, is the glittery tree in Terminal 1. With seemingly too many adornments to count, the installation took nearly four hours and three people to complete. The airlines, vendors and concessionaires at the airport are also beginning to look merry and bright with their own festivities. Even if you don’t yet see holiday decorations in all parts of the airport just yet, the waft of seasonal flavors from one of our six Starbucks coffee shops will have you holly and jolly in no time.
A view of Lambert’s ATC Tower from the cockpit window of an XTRA Airways’ Boeing 737-800 parked outside Concourse B.
The new charter for Apple Vacations, XTRA Airways, had an introductory event at Lambert Airport this week. Travel agents and their clients could visit sponsor booths and tour the airline’s 168-seat Boeing 737-800 jetliner. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is kicking off a new year of charter vacation travel with a season that will offer more flights and one of the newest of planes for trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. In December, XTRA Airways will begin operating solely from St. Louis, charting flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Liberia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico. Daily, year-round service to Cancun, Mexico, operated by Frontier Airlines, rounds out the 2015-2016 schedule of vacation charter destinations. The pilots may have the best seat in the house, but we think any seat is a great one when you’re on your way to a vacation!
Lambert-St. Louis International is kicking off a new year of charter vacation travel with a season that will offer more flights and one of the newest of planes for trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean.
In partnership with Apple Vacations, Lambert is hosting a familiarization tour on November 2 for hundreds of travel agents and their clients to see a Boeing 737-800 from XTRA Airways, which will operate solely from St. Louis to five charter destinations beginning December 2015. XTRA Airways will operate flights on its 168-seat 737-800 to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Liberia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico. Departure days and duration of service varies for each destination through December of 2016.
Daily, year-round service to Cancun Mexico, operated by Frontier Airlines, rounds out the 2015-2016 schedule of vacation charter destinations. Visit applevacations.com for the latest destination and ticket information.
“We’re excited to see a schedule that provides the highest number of seats to these exciting vacation destinations that we’ve seen in years,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
"Apple Vacations is happy to be working with XTRA Airways for our Exclusive Vacation Flights this season from St Louis," said Tim Mullen, President of Apple Vacations. "We think XTRA Airways' exceptional service record and on-board hospitality will make Apple Vacationers extra happy en route to their vacation destination."
Based in Miami, FL, XTRA Airways has been a leading provider of safe and reliable group air charter flights operating Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-400 aircraft. Visit xtraairways.com for more information.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.