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Lambert Hosts First Wedding in New Events Venue, Concourse B

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 airportevents@flystl.com.

First Vino Volo Wine Bar in Missouri Now Open at Lambert

Vino Volo has arrived in St. Louis, with its newest location at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), which opened on Saturday, December 19. 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.  

“We are excited to welcome Vino Volo to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and are proud to host the company’s first location in Missouri,” Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said. “Passengers will love Vino Volo’s extensive selections from around the world, along with their delicious food pairings and knowledgeable staff. Vino Volo is a great addition to the wide variety of food and beverage options that travelers will find at STL.”  

"Our goal is to offer St. Louis passengers a relaxing, comfortable environment where they can experience wine country and enjoy exceptional wines while waiting for their flight" said Doug Tomlinson, Founder and CEO of Vino Volo. "Discovering unique, often hard-to-find wines is our passion, and we look forward to introducing our guests to great global and local wine regions."  

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. 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. 

Vino Volo owns and operates 38 locations at 27 airports across North America and a city store in Bethesda, MD. Vino Volo has won 32 Airport Revenue News awards, including the "Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service" nine years in a row.

Hound Hug: Lambert Photo of the Week

A passenger jumps up in surprise after being startled while posing for a photo with an Irish Wolf Hound who was going in for a “hug.” 

Ailidh, the two year old Irish Wolf Hound, made a very big impression on passers-by at Lambert Airport on Tuesday-  standing nearly three feet tall at the shoulders, weighing 168 pounds, and reaching over seven feet on her hind legs.  The traditional Irish spelling of her name may seem hard to pronounce, but it’s actually “AY-LEE,” and she is a volunteer therapy dog with C.H.A.M.P.  She and her owner, Stephanie, make up the social therapy team that visits the U.S.O. every month.  Many travelers stopped to ask questions or take photos with the dog who would tower over a miniature horse.  But Ailidh loves the attention and Stephanie leaps at the opportunity to share with the public about the C.H.A.M.P. organization, which helps increase the independence of children and adults with disabilities by partnering them with service dogs- free of charge.

Collection of Intentional and Accidental Art Now Greets Lambert Passengers

A renowned St. Louis artist and collector has curated the latest exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that puts a spin on the definition of art. John Foster’s Accidental Mysteries, on display in the Terminal 1 Lambert Gallery, is a showcase of natural and handmade objects that may or may not have been intended to be art. But through Foster’s artist/designer/collector lens, you get a whole new artistic and curious exhibition that rises above the ordinary.  

“The pieces in this show range from objects created from the result of an individual’s artistic efforts, and includes found objects that have been transformed by time, or the elements,” said Foster. “The intent is to look at the very meaning of art, and challenge preconceived ideas. Think of this exhibition as a ‘cabinet of curiosities.’”  

What will the audience see? A painted suitcase. A pair of transformed baby shoes. A set of found, decayed alarm clocks. Art carved birds. A melted phone, and wood carvings that go beyond the ordinary. 

John Foster, a 1976 graduate of Washington University with his MFA degree, has been a longtime collector of self-taught art, vernacular photography and extraordinary found objects. His collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for nearly 10 years and has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek Online and many others. John is currently a featured writer for the international online magazine, Design Observer. In 2005, Art & Antiques magazine named John one of the “Top 100 Collectors” in the United States. John currently serves on the Board of Trustees for SPACES (http://www.spacesarchives.org), an organization dedicated to saving and preserving arts and cultural environments; and is on the St. Louis Advisory Board of  “Alarm Will Sound,” a 20-member chamber orchestra that focuses on recordings and performances of contemporary music. John was a co-founder of ENVISION Folk Art of Missouri and for 10 years edited their publication. He is also a writer and has been a guest speaker at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, The Peabody-Essex Museum, art conferences and universities throughout the country.  

Accidental Mysteries runs through April 17, 2016. The Lambert Gallery, a major component of the Lambert Art & Culture Program, features local and regional arts organizations and is supported by the St. Louis Regional Arts Council. Previous exhibitors include the The Sheldon Galleries, Missouri Fiber Artists, Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, Missouri State Museum, Foundry Art Centre, Craft Alliance and the Griot Museum of Black History.

Gift of Song: Lambert Photo of the Week

Student carolers from Pattonville High School accept a charitable donation from a traveler in Terminal 2.

If you are traveling through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in December, you are likely to encounter one of the many spirited performances from choirs throughout the St. Louis region.  Coordinated by the St. Louis Christmas Carolers Association, these volunteer groups of singers perform for the goodwill of others, collecting donations to support local charities.  Melynda, Vocal Music Teacher for Pattonville High School, said in past years their choirs alone raised over a thousand dollars caroling at Lambert.  “It’s really exciting when we see people put $100 bills into the jar.” Melynda said. “The celebrity sightings are really fun, too!”  The St. Louis Christmas Carols Association was founded in 1911, and continues to carol for a cause. In 2014, 39 Metro St. Louis area children’s agencies benefited from the carolers’ collections.  Four different choral groups performed throughout the day on Friday, with the caroling continuing at Lambert through December 22. 

Lambert Lands New Destination, More Flights for Summer 2016

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.

Skyline Silhouette: Lambert Photo of the Week

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 Airport Rewarded for Energy Efficiency Projects

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.

Dawn of Flight: Lambert Photo of the Week

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.

Now Boarding: Lambert Photo of the Week


 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. 

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