Photo Of The Week
New plantings bask in the sun as they await mulch outside of the entrance to Terminal 2.
It seems everywhere you look at Lambert, a project is underway to beautify the property and improve the customer experience. Lambert International Boulevard is really greening-up, as major landscaping renovations are currently underway. The weather turned out just perfect for the new plantings, with a healthy dose of sunshine early in the week, followed by consecutive cool, rainy days. To prepare for the new foliage, crews spent the previous week removing dated and overgrown shrubbery. Hundreds of new bushes and trees are scheduled to be planted in the next several weeks. Noticeable improvements can be seen all along Lambert International Blvd., which connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Members of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs perform on the lower-level stage in Terminal 1.
On Monday, The St. Louis Children’s Choirs were departing for their European Tour, and graciously gave a brief performance of the pieces they will be singing overseas. They gathered an audience of several dozen people including parents, Airport employees, and intrigued travelers. Their melodious voices carried throughout both levels of the Terminal, drawing some onlookers from above through the atrium, which is where this photo was captured. An exciting start to both their adventure, and our work week! The St. Louis Children's Choirs currently have a window display in the T1 baggage claim, where travelers and visitors can learn more about the Choirs and their mission.
Everyone is in place and waiting to hear the director call “Action” as filming begins at Terminal 2 for "The Layover."
What fun we had Thursday hosting the major motion picture shoot for “The Layover.” Production filmed both inside and outside of Terminal 2 during the day, then moved to the C Concourse that evening totaling an 18 hour shoot. The film stars Kate Upton and Alexandra Daddario, and is directed by William H. Macy. They, along with 50 crew members and 120 extras, were on-site throughout the shoot. The majority of the crew used to film these scenes were from local production companies. The extras were sourced locally as well. The story revolves around the friendship of two travelers, and St. Louis is central to the plot.
Travelers walk on the new tile in Terminal 2 as signage marks areas undergoing improvements.
You could call it “spring cleaning” as Lambert undergoes reviving the look and feel of Terminal 2. Frequent travelers will notice the biggest change being the flooring overhaul in the concourse corridor, with the blue carpeting being upgraded to glossy white tiles. Another dramatic improvement can be found with a colorful renovation of all the restrooms. Also, the familiar gray-colored wayfinding signs will soon be a striking Lambert blue. Lambert International Blvd. outside of Terminal 2 will be getting some beautifying as well. Even more exciting changes are on their way later this year, as the T2 baggage claim will be home to a dramatic, custom art installation, and the Terminal will get the addition of Vino Volo wine garden.
Terminal 1 bustling with holiday weekend travelers.
It’s officially the start of summer! This week our terminals were full of travelers headed to visit family and friends, or to just get away, for Memorial Day Weekend fun. AAA is expecting 2.6 million holiday flyers this weekend, and Lambert is gearing up with three new non-stop destinations coming soon: Orange County, CA and Austin, TX with Southwest Airlines, and Jackson, TN with Air Choice One. We’ve also expanded our parking to meet demand at Terminal 2, with last week’s opening of Super Park Lot E.
Photographer Justin Mayfield shoots engagement photos of Pheaktra (left) and Diana (right) in the B Concourse.
Pheaktra and Diana may live 2,000 miles apart, but their chance meeting (twice!) one weekend in Kansas City, Mo. two years ago, led them down a path of love that defies distance. Pheaktra (23) lives in Columbia, Mo., and Diana (21) lives in Seattle, Wa. After years of long-distance dating, they got engaged, and chose Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as the backdrop for their engagement photos. Since the couple traveled through Lambert every few weeks to visit, the Airport became an integral part of their love story. In fact, Diana was scheduled to fly home immediately following the shoot. The couple will live in the same city and state for the first time in September, when Diana will move to Columbia. The couple plans to wed in October.
The Dave and Greg Show entertain hundreds of travelers in the C Concourse for #LambertThanks.
#LambertThanks was an amazingly full week! We had awesome giveaways, colorful decor, and visits from the Cardinals’ Fredbird and the Looney Tunes from Six Flags St. Louis! Hudsy from Hudson Group also stopped by. Our airlines even got festive with balloons and Hawaiian leis. We loved putting a smile on so many faces this week! This is the 4th year Lambert has celebrated Customer Appreciation Week in conjunction with National Tourism Week, but it was a first to feature live music in the concourses for this type of event. It was a huge hit! Travelers, as well as Airport employees, were spotted dancing, clapping, and singing along. Lambert showcased world-class local musicians performing jazz, pop, classic rock, originals, folk and even Motown styles. I know we had a lot fun, and hope you did, too! Thank you, St. Louis, for another great year!
Warren Sauer led a team to hoist and set the sculpture, Hawthorne Tree, by Isaac Witkin, in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby.
Two new bronze sculptures are now drawing the attention of art fans and travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Laumeier Sculpture Park has loaned the Lambert Art and Culture Program two of their most prominent works. Charles Arnoldi’s Eclipse and Isaac Witkin’s Hawthorne Tree got a change of scenery, so to speak. For years, they were fixtures outside at Laumeier. They are now taking in the views inside between the Terminal 1 ticket counters. Both are situated in new lounge areas that also feature views to Lambert airfield. The works were selected by the Airport Art Advisory Committee. They sit directly across from the Airport’s other bronze sculpture, China China, in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge. If you line up all three, you have a formibidable #bronzetriangle. Check out the background on our newest works of art.
Eleven-month-old Addison is mesmerized by the giant robot in the Lambert Gallery as mom and dad snap a picture.
It was an adorable sight to see little Addison’s face light-up as he saw all of the interesting robots featured in “The Robots Are Coming!” art exhibit in the Lambert Gallery. When asked if we could photograph the cuteness for our Lambert Photo of the Week, parents Tina and Chris, shared why the sight was extra special for them. Addison was recently hospitalized, and Tina said he was “just covered in wires and tubes.” They affectionately started calling him “Addie Bot,” and the nickname has stuck. Fortunately, Addison is feeling much better now. The family had just arrived from Phoenix, Az. when they spotted the robots and had to take a photo.
Southwest Airlines Captains Randy Hansen (left) and Rusty Jensen (right) wave to the crowd as “Missouri One” arrives at Lambert.
After 30 years of service in Missouri, Southwest Airlines surprised St. Louis with a gesture of dedication by unveiling the Missouri One Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Nearly two weeks of painting done in secret in Kansas City paid off, as the big reveal was made at both Kansas City International Airport (MCI), and later at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Thursday afternoon. Missouri One is detailed with images of the Missouri State flag, and is one of only ten planes with state flagship liveries in the Southwest fleet. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly was aboard the debut flight and gave a brief presentation, followed by words from City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years,” Kelly said. “I couldn’t think of a better way to show our love to our employees, customers and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them.”
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.