5:15 p.m. update:
Ameren Missouri restored full power to Terminal 1 approximately 5 p.m. today. A blown transformer caused a power outage at 11:15 affecting airlines and airport operations in Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C.
Emergency power was utilized immediately for health, safety and critical building operations. However, the outage caused issues with baggage delivery systems, airline computer stations and some gate operations. Approximately 10 flights were cancelled because of the outage. Many more flights were delayed. Airlines were able to process ticketing and handle some gate operations, but experienced delays during the outage. The TSA performed manual baggage checks as well during the outage. The Airport and concessionaires handed out bottle water and snack to passengers throughout the afternoon.
While power is restored, there are still some systems that will take longer to reset. Operations should be back to normal after 6 p.m. tonight.
The Airport will work with Ameren in the coming days to determine what may have caused the outage.
Terminal 1 airlines continue to work through issues related to a blown transformer that created a loss of full power for Terminal 1 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
Backup generators are currently providing power to health, safety and critical building systems for Terminal 1 and Concourse A & C. Airlines are still able to operate but their ticketing, gate and baggage delivery systems are impacted. There are delays and longer than normal waits for check-in for airlines in Terminal 1. Passengers flying out Sunday afternoon should arrive earlier than normal if they have confirmed their flight status with their airline.
Concessions and other services are also impacted by the power outage.
Airport crews and Ameren immediately responded to the outage and are working to restore full power later today.
This power outage does not affect Terminal 2 or Southwest Airlines.
Heather with Go Best Express wears moose ears to celebrate the International Moose Convention in St. Louis.
It was Moose madness at Lambert Airport on Thursday, when nearly 3,000 travelers flew in for the 2016 International Moose Convention being held in St. Louis. Go Best Express handled the majority of the ground transportation, and employees celebrated by wearing giant moose ears. Even the monkey Go Best keeps behind the counter was sporting a pair. Former Moose International Grand Council Member and Moose of 34 years, Abby (not pictured), was waiting at Go Best to be transported and said on behalf of the organization, “We are very grateful to St. Louis for hosting us.” She emphasized that “the public is welcome to come and be a part of the community.” The Moose organization contributes between $75 to $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven) annually to help brighten the futures of thousands of children in need across North America.
Construction worker, Norm Smith, ties rebar on the Lambert International Blvd. bridge.
If you’ve driven to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this summer, you may have been diverted around some road construction in front of Terminal 1. A major bridge rehabilitation project is underway, and this week aged steel rebar was replaced with a green, epoxy-coated version that is more resistant to corrosion. It’s just one of the many components that make up Phase 1 of the project. The bridge repairs will continue in various phases through late fall of 2016. Crews will be replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge. The structure was built in the 1960’s and repairs and maintenance are being done due to its age.
Lambert Airfield Maintenance mows grass in the Runway 11 approach area amid sequence-flashing approach lights.
This week has been HOT. St. Louis has seen the heat index soar into the triple digits, but that doesn’t stop airport workers from getting the job done. Keeping grasses mowed around the airfield is vital for safety and wildlife management. Once spring hits, the airport’s fleet of mowers are put to work every day. Mowing in a Runway Safety Area (250 feet from each side of the runway center line, and 1,000 feet from each end of the runway) requires coordination with Lambert’s Airfield Operations department and the Air Traffic Control Tower. Before work can begin, the runway must be closed to all air traffic for safety. The runway is then inspected to ensure all ground workers are clear before the runway re-opens.
Local news media film Southwest Airlines at a press conference and celebration for peaking 100 flights a day from STL.
Southwest Airlines has taken center stage this summer at STL. This week Lambert's largest carrier hit a major milestone, reaching 100 daily flights. With the June 5 launch of new non-stop service from St. Louis to Oakland, CA (OAK), Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX), Southwest now operates 103 flights per day to 43 destinations. To accommodate the growth, Southwest Airlines expanded by adding two new gates in Terminal 2. Southwest has added six other non-stop destinations since the start of summer of 2015: Austin, TX (AUS); Orange County, CA (SNA); Little Rock, AR (LIT); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT). Connecting passenger activity at Lambert is on an 18 percent growth trend in 2016 with 92 percent of connecting passengers on Southwest.
An employee restocks the shelves at Dunkin’ Donuts in Concourse A on National Donut Day.
It was sweet way to kick-off the weekend, as the Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport celebrated National Donut Day. The popular chain offered a worldwide promotion where customers could receive a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. Passengers were quick to take advantage of the sweet deal, as lines could be seen throughout the day at both of the airport’s Dunkin’ Donuts locations. People love these glazed treats year-round, too. In 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts served nearly 1.2 million donuts to Lambert passengers. Stores can be found at Terminal 1 in Concourse A, and in Concourse E at Terminal 2.
Works by Prominent Architectural Photographer Ken Konchel on Display in Terminal 1
“St. Louis architecture forms the physical environment of our lives. It connects us to the past, it helps define our relationships to one another, and it gives us a sense of place and identity,” said Konchel. “Most importantly, St. Louis architecture enhances our creative legacy. Yet something so integral to the sense of who we are - something that contributes immeasurably to our quality of life - is often dismissed as mundane, taken for granted, or at worst ignored.”
Konchel hopes to raise awareness and appreciation for St. Louis architecture by presenting it as engaging, dynamic geometric arrangements. He describes his style as interactions that remove the context and distill architecture to minimalist relationships of shape, line, pattern, detail and/or texture.
His six images capture the beauty and subtleties of the West Campus Building of Washington University (formerly a Famous-Barr Department Store), St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Priory Chapel, the former American Zinc, Lead and Smelting Company building, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The large, backlit glass display windows allow admirers to view the works up-close and in detailed clarity.
The exhibit runs through May 2017, and can be viewed in Terminal 1 on the lower-level, along the passageways to and from baggage claim.
Ken Konchel’s exhibition is supported by the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which is dedicated to promoting local cultural works and institutions to area residents and St. Louis visitors. The Lambert Art & 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.
Some tiny travelers with matching suitcases on their way to a holiday weekend of fun, kicking-off the busy summer season at Lambert Airport.
For many, travel is a big part of summer fun. Even with all the sunshine, warm breezes, starry nights, and frozen treats summer brings- when you’re on a trip with friends or family, it seems to make summer even sweeter. Peak summer travel season kicks-off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and Lambert is on a 10 percent growth trend for 2016 in passenger enplanements. Lambert’s airlines are responding with the introduction of more destinations, added flights, more seats and some upgrades in aircraft to certain cities through the summer. Lambert will have 255 daily departures from St. Louis beginning in June, and hit peak service to 70 non-stop destinations this year. Throughout the country, the airline industry is projecting a record level of airline travel this summer of 2.5 million passengers per day.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is expecting continued strong growth in passenger demand as the peak summer travel season kicks off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Lambert is on a 10 percent growth trend for 2016 in passenger enplanements.
Lambert’s airlines are responding to the strong increase in passenger activity with the introduction of more destinations, more seats and some upgrades in aircraft to certain cities through the summer.
Additional flights and bigger aircraft this summer account for 2,000 more available seats per day, which is an eight percent increase year over year. Lambert will have 255 daily departures from St. Louis beginning in June. That’s an increase of seven flights per day versus last year.
This year, Lambert will hit peak service to 70 non-stop destinations. That includes new non-stop service from St. Louis to Oakland, CA (OAK) on Southwest Airlines beginning June 5. Southwest will also begin serving Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) that same day for a total of 103 daily flights this summer to 43 destinations. In addition to its new destinations beginning this June, Southwest has added six other non-stop destinations since the start of summer of 2015: Austin, TX (AUS); Orange County, CA (SNA); Little Rock, AR (LIT); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT). Connecting passenger activity is on an 18 percent growth trend in 2016 with 92 percent of connecting passengers on Southwest.
Other destination additions since a year ago includes Alaska Airlines’ service to Portland, OR (PDX). This summer, Alaska will be expanding its second daily flight to Seattle, WA (SEA) to 7-days a week. Frontier Airlines also added three flights/week to Atlanta, GA (ATL) this spring. American Airlines has added an additional daily flight to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) this summer. Many airlines have increased capacity to some of the key cities in their networks.
The top increases in seat capacity from St. Louis versus the summer of 2015 include Denver, CO (Den)-Frontier Airlines, Southwest, United Airlines; Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)-Southwest; Austin, TX (AUS)-Southwest; Tulsa, OK (TUL)- Southwest; Los Angeles (LAX)-American, Southwest; Atlanta (ATL)- Delta, Frontier, Southwest; and Orlando, FL (MCO) Frontier, Southwest.
Even with additional seat capacity, many airlines are forecasting heavy passenger load factors, especially this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The airline industry is projecting a record level of airline travel this summer of 2.5 million passengers per day, an increase of 95,000 or 4 percent.
Most airlines recommend passengers arrive a minimum of 90 minutes before domestic departures; two hours before international departures. Wait times for check-in and security will vary by airport, by checkpoint and by time of the day. Infrequent travelers, travelers with young children or passengers with large amounts of luggage may want to allow for more time to get through ticketing and checkpoints during the summer travel season.
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Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.