Photo Of The Week
Lambert Operations and Airfield Maintenance meet to discuss snow removal equipment placement with a birds-eye view from a nearby rooftop.
With the warm weather we’ve been having in St. Louis, it’s hard to believe November is here. But technically speaking, snow season has arrived, and we’ve spent all year getting ready. STL has more than 50 specialty snow removal vehicles in our arsenal to combat mother nature on the airfield. This summer, Lambert became the first airport in the nation to own the revolutionary new MB-5 with liquid deicer tanks. Although our Ops and Airfield Maintenance departments are really excited to see it in action, it’s hard to wish this beautiful weather away. Whenever winter decides to show up, we’re ready.
Two students embrace in an emotional goodbye after living together for six weeks for a study abroad program.
It was a sea of tears Monday, as a group of local students and their families parted ways with foreign exchange students returning to Germany. The group was brought together by the German American Partnership Program at Kirkwood High School, which has been uniting the two cultures for 30 years. The students were given an international pairing, and lived together for three weeks in Germany followed by three weeks in the U.S. “The goodbye is the hardest part,” said Larry Anderson with the Kirkwood School District. Before the German students boarded their flights home, a group photo was taken to commemorate this meaningful moment. “You just become so close,” said one emotional mother. “They become like family.”
Workers pave a section of Lambert International Blvd near the bridge on Monday.
For the past few months, drivers to Terminal 1 have been affected by a major bridge restoration project that has diverted motorists around construction areas. Airport engineers report that the project is right on schedule and should only impact drivers for a few more weeks. More than half of the bridge has been rehabilitated, with the remaining work focused on the eastbound LIB lanes. The Terminal 1 Parking Garage will be resuming normal operations very soon, after construction required temporarily relocating the entrance to one of the garage exit lanes. The oversized vehicle height restriction, put in place to accommodate the construction beneath the LIB bridge over Air Flight Dr., has been lifted. No more lane closures are expected, however there will be some lane maneuvering while the remaining work is completed.
Flowers are basking in the fading days of warmth on the Terminal 1 Ticketing Level Plaza at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Summer’s blooms bred by a full season of warmth will soon begin to fade with the turn to autumn. At Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, there are bouquets of summer annuals overflowing massive planters all along Terminal 1 Departures Drive and the Ticketing Level Plaza. They seem to be thriving without a hint that it’s mid-October, while thousands of passengers are jetting by, officially in light coat mode. It’s the annual up and down, between seasons, weather flux. We’ve faced our coolest mornings this week, yet the next few days we’ll spring back to 80’s. A few more moments to soak in the shine and hold onto summer’s colors a bit longer, until fall wins. And light coats turn heavy.
Dressed in their 1920s best, a group of friends pose together for a photo at Art of Travel on Thursday.
The 6th annual Art of Travel wined, dined and entertained nearly 400 guests at the airport’s signature event of the year on Thursday evening. This year had a 1920s theme, paying homage to the dawn of St. Louis aviation. Guests made a grand entrance dressed mostly in signature 20s style, and had fun taking photos like these in front of our selfie wall. Chefs were flown in from all over the country with HMSHost to create an incredible chef table dining experience featuring remastered 1920s favorite foods, along with signature cocktails and mixed drinks. In between bites guests shopped Copper Collection jewelry, our large silent auction, Carlos Zamora “Blue Lady” prints, and danced the night away to our live band. All proceeds from the event support the Lambert Art and Culture Program.
Roadway markings added outside of Terminal 2 on Friday help drivers determine in advance which lanes will take them to Arrivals and Departures.
Terminal 2 got a new addition this week to help drivers navigate. Traditional signs indicating the route to Arrivals and Departures are in place alongside and above the roads to each terminal. To help better inform unfamiliar drivers and reduce congestion, STL installed bright new roadway markings made of high-tech thermoplastic that is fused to the pavement. The special material is weather-resistant, and will be a permanent addition to the roadway. This alternative signage will be making its way to Terminal 1 this fall.
Bandit, decorated USO Therapy Dog, takes a rest following a very full morning of travel and celebration for USO of Missouri's 35th anniversary.
The USO of Missouri, headquartered in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, serves traveling military members with locations in each Terminal. With two mobile USO units, they cover the entire state of Missouri, including Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, as well as nearby Illinois counties. This week the USO of Missouri celebrated its 35th anniversary, having served 5.8 million military members and their families since the charity’s founding in 1981. The celebration included balloons, a cake, press, and a visit from a remarkable USO Therapy Dog who was part of the special occasion. The non-profit organization hosts events to help service members deployments, homecomings and event to help service members remain connected for family, home and country.
Chef Jeff Steelman (left) and his culinary team prep at KSDK studios for a live, on-air cooking demo for the Show Me St. Louis show.
STL’s signature event of the year, Art of Travel, is coming up on October 6 and promotion is underway for this special night that supports art at our airport. Art of Travel puts the spotlight on culinary arts, with a menu featuring favorite 1920s foods, transformed into sweet and savory delectable gourmet reincarnations. Executive chefs with HMSHost will be flown-in from all over the country just for Art of Travel, but Chef Jeff Steelman made an early visit on Friday to appear on KSDK Channel 5’s Show Me St. Louis. The segment featured some of the sizzling Art of Travel menu items which include slow roasted duck, locally-sourced lamb, oxtail, crab, shrimp, salmon, caviar, pork, beef and roasted chicken. Guests will also be able to indulge in a dreamy waffle and dessert bar. Click here to watch the segment and get excited! Tickets and more information can be found at ArtOfTravelSTL.com
Air Force Two, carrying Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, arrives in the rain at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Friday.
Around 13 million passengers fly in and out of Lambert each year. Some of these passengers are high-profile individuals, requiring specialized airport operations to accommodate their flights. Signature Flight Services, a fixed based operator sharing STL’s airfield, is on the receiving end of the majority of these special flights. However, none are as significant as the Presidential visits from Air Force One and Air Force Two. For these arrivals and departures, an impressive coordination takes place between the most specialized teams, which include the Secret Service, Lambert Airport Operations, Signature Flight Services, local law enforcement, and the Federal Aviation Administration, among others. 2016 is an election year, which is cause for an increase in visits from notable political figures.
An American Airlines MD-80 aircraft is parked outside of Concourse B while a sister jet departs on runway 30L.
Over the last decade American Airlines has been phasing out their most iconic aircraft, the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 series jetliner. Referred to as the “Super 80,” at one time nearly 400 MD-80s bore the American Airlines’ livery, making it the largest fleet in aviation history. Now only one-third are in the skies. History was made again as twenty MD-80s were retired by the airline in a single day on August 23. The remaining fleet will be retired within 2 years. STL is the best spot in country for Super 80 fans to catch final glimpses of the aircraft. According to a local American rep, “We will see them here longer than just about anywhere.” STL is unique in that it houses the country’s top American Airlines’ MD-80 maintenance hangar. A push is also confirmed to be in motion for American’s final MD-80 flight to be from STL. The airline has begun rotating in the Boeing 737, which American’s STL maintenance team has added to its repertoire, allowing the airline to maintain overall seasonal capacity.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.