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New Look: Lambert Photo of the Week

A Southwest jet featuring a brand new new paint scheme stands out at Terminal 2 among other jets carrying the existing paint scheme.

A whole new look for Southwest Airlines was announced just a month ago. A new livery or paint scheme for its entire fleet is just part of a branding overhaul for Southwest, which is Lambert’s busiest carrier. This week, we captured one of the "new look" jets at the gate in Terminal 2. You can see a sharp contrast between old and new. The redesign includes brighter tail colors, a deep blue fuselage, and the Southwest named moved to the body of the plane. Southwest reports it will take seven years to repaint its entire fleet. The rebranding will spread beyond just planes. The airline’s logo and website have been updated. Changes to airport ticketing and gate areas as well as employee uniforms are also coming soon.

Lambert Passenger Traffic Increases for Third Straight Month

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport posted a nearly three percent increase in passenger traffic for the 3rd quarter of 2014, serving a total of 3,329,069 passengers.  Just released statistics show Lambert served a total (departing and arriving) of 1,018,950 passengers in September, a 1.6 percent increase year over year.  This follows increases in total traffic of 5.1 percent and 1.6 percent for July and August, respectively.  The rebound in the third quarter helped narrow the gap in total traffic declines posted in the first six months. The Airport saw a significant drop in traffic in the first couple of months of 2014, attributed to winter weather cancellations. Year to date, Lambert has served 9,349,174 passengers, off by 1.5 percent over the same nine months in 2013. 



Southwest Airlines, Lambert’s leading carrier, has seen a 2.4 percent increase in the number of departing passengers (enplanements) in the first nine months of the year. It currently has a 50 percent market share out of the 11 scheduled airlines that service St. Louis.



Lambert saw a significant jump in cargo traffic (departures) in September with a 22 percent increase. Year to date, cargo departures are up nearly 10 percent.  Air cargo freight for September, 10,587,593 lbs, was up nearly one percent for September.

Click here for full year-to-date statistics.

Rip and Smash: Lambert Photo of the Week

A Southwest Airlines jet takes off in the distance while crews demolish a former postal facility to make way for more parking near Terminal 2.

A non-descript warehouse that once processed U.S. mail operations at Lambert-St. Louis International met its end this week to an agressive demolition crew. The steel and concrete shell building was attacked by a duo of excavators with a mean punch and fierce jaws. Crews ripped and smashed the building into pieces, small enough to transport for recycling or waste streams. The building was vacant. The building is being demolished to make way for the new parking. The surface lot will become Super Park Lot E, featuring 250 spaces with a short walk or shuttle ride to Terminal 2. The lot should ease parking shortages in the Terminal 2 Garage, once its completed by year’s end.

Hero's Homecoming: Lambert Photo of the Week

Missouri State Representative Mary Nichols (D-72) gives Sgt. 1st Class Corey Remsburg a resolution after arriving at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

It was a hero’s homecoming for Sgt. 1st Class Corey Remsburg and his parents when they arrived Thursday at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. They were met by more than a dozen joyous supporters including the Mayor of Overland, Missouri State Representative Mary Nichols and a large group from his alma mater, Ritenour High School. The former Army Ranger was permantly injured in a roadside bomb attack in 2009. His story of bravery and recovery from near-death and months in a coma made national news after President Barack Obama honored him in his 2014 State of the Union Address. Remsburg received a two-minute standing ovation. Back in St. Louis, he is being honored this weekend as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Ritenour High School Homecoming Parade. Standing alongside his parents and his service dog, he shook off all the praise, gave the crowd a thumbs up and said, "Go Huskies."

Lambert States Procedures for Dealing with Passenger Illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Projection (DHS) have just released information on steps being taken at airports to prevent the spread of Ebola.

 

Enhanced health screenings will be enacted at five major international airports:  New York's John F. Kennedy, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O'Hare, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson. These airports receive more than 94 percent of passengers who travel into to the U.S. from affected countries in West Africa.

 

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has not received any directive from local or federal agencies to alter its current emergency response plans regarding communicable diseases or illnesses.  Lambert has no direct international transoceanic service. Travelers from overseas must arrive into other domestic airports prior to flying to St. Louis.

 

Lambert would respond to any report of a threat based on its FAA certification procedures regarding communicable diseases or illnesses.  Procedures to respond to a potential communicable illness include isolating an arrival aircraft away from the terminal. The airport’s first responders would then assess the illness threat and alert other emergency response agencies and local health departments if necessary.

'40s Style: Lambert Photo of the Week

Bob and Tracy Durrell, guests of Art of Travel sponsor Tech Electronics, wowed the crowds with their ‘40s style for the big event this week.

A dark red zoot suit, a petal hat and rose colored gloves were all part of Bob and Tracy Durrell’s ‘40s style dress- up for this week’s 4th Annual Art of Travel party. They weren’t the only ones. In what has become a quick tradition, a majority of the 400 guests this year themed-it-up for the Lambert Art & Culture Program fundraiser, which paid homage to the days of Casablanca, swing dancing, rotary phones and fedora hats. Two antique cars set the stage for the night outside the B Concourse. Inside, guests dined on some amazing food cooked or prepared by a team of chefs from HMSHost. Signature ‘40s style drinks were a hit. So were the custom prints works by St. Louis print studios- Pele Prints, The Firecracker Press and Yellow Bear- which used reclaimed copper from the terminal roof to create printing plates. The event was presented by Spire Natural Gas Fueling stations and supported by nearly 30 other sponsors. Funds help support on-going exhibitions and future new art installations at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  Tickets to the event are still available on line via PaPay at www.flystl.com/artoftravel.

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  

The Art of Travel is Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the B Concoruse. Tickets to the event are still available on line via PaPal at www.flystl.com/artoftravel.

Airport Cards: Lambert Photo of the Week

Camden, Addison and Colin West of Charlotte, NC show off their new STL Airport Trading Cards shortly after arriving here on vacation this week.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport joined nearly 20 other airports in the launch of a new trading card series earlier this month. The North American Airports Collectors Series (NAACS), featuring U.S. and Canadian airports, made its debut in Atlanta at the Airports Council International- North America Annual Conference. Airports get to prominently display their airport code, iconic pictures, facts and history to share with passengers, community groups, collectors, and others. USA Today recently profiled the new campaign. CNN Airports will soon air another piece on this unique marketing idea that unites airports and shares the great impact we have in each community. Log onto www.airportradingcards.com or follow #airportcards on Twitter to find the latest participants.and news. You can find STL cards at the Terminal 1 Information Booth.

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