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Crews with ACME Erectors lift sculpture China China onto its base in the new Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport got a cultural lift this week when crews installed a prominent sculpture in the new Ticketing Lounge in Terminal 1. The Gateway Foundation relocated China China to Lambert from its previous Central West End neighborhood location. Created by Chinese artist Zhu Wei in 2003, the 6-ft-tall bronze sculpture features two ancient Chinese tomb-like figures. Wei is well known for his ink paintings, engravings and sculpture with works exhibited in major cities around the world. Crews had to erect scaffolding to hoist the figures on to the base before placing the sculpture in its final location. It stands prominently next to two other art cases and new seating for passengers.
Construction crews have begun putting down terrazzo flooring in the place of the old TSA CTX scanning machines in Terminal 1.
The passenger experience continues to get brighter. Construction crews have begun putting down the shiny, new terrazzo flooring in the place of the old TSA CTX scanning machines. Passengers who are checking their luggage no longer have to drag it over to TSA agents waiting by the scanning machines. As part of the Airport Experience, the area between American Airlines and Delta Airlines will get new terrazzo flooring. Additionally, work on American Airlines and Delta Airlines ticket counters will also be completed. A few small machines will remain in the area as backup for TSA. However, passengers will now be able to enjoy a beautiful view of Lambert’s airfield.
DJ Gravy (third from left) was excited to bring winners of the HOT 105.3 "Pack Your Bags" contest to St. Louis.
Grand Rapids radio DJ Gravy from Hot 105.3 and six lucky winners spent an all-inclusive weekend in St. Louis as part of a contest promoting service between St. Louis and Grand Rapids on Southwest Airlines. It was all gravy for the six lucky winners who showed up at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids with their bags, packed and ready to go Friday morning. Hot 105.3 radio DJ Gravy was broadcasting live from the airport for the "Pack Your Bags" contest. DJ Gravy drew the winner’s names at 7:30 a.m. The couples were on a Southwest Airlines flight headed to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport by 9:10 a.m. Their trip included non-stop airfare on Southwest Airlines, hotel, transportation to and from Lambert Airport, restaurant gift cards and suite tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals.
Students in the SIUE Suzuki Tour Program chit chat in the new ticketing level lounge of Terminal 1.
Students participating in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Suzuki program took a moment to relax and socialize as they waited for everyone in their group to check-in at Delta Airlines. The SIUE Suzuki Program is a string instruction for kids ages 3-18. All of the students play the violin or viola. This group is on their way to Europe for seven days to perform at cathedrals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The trip is not just a musical experience, but a sample of living abroad as well. In Munich, the students will meet with fellow Suzuki students. In Switzerland, they will get a glimpse of the culture by staying with host families. The Suzuki Program is celebrating fifty years at SIUE.
Andrew Schaub, 4, is ready for takeoff in the new St. Louis International Play Port on the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Parents waiting for a flight on the C Concourse may have a slight problem pulling the kiddies away from the new St. Louis International Play Port. The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum unveiled the 1,500 sq. ft. play area at Gate C2. The Play Port is interactive and includes a kid-sized plane; an air traffic control tower with a slide; car rental counters; a luggage conveyor belt and airport secreening area; and a mock x-ray machine. It’s a great area for children to explore other methods of transportation. Andrew Schaub, 4, is in the driver’s seat of the Play Port’s kids version of a MetroLink light rail train. Schaub seemed to know all the right buttons to push. The MetroLink is a popular mode of transportation to and from Lambert Airport for passengers and employees.
A Lufthansa jet landed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this week on its way to Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport welcomed thousands of passengers this week who were never able to step off their planes to see our fine city. Of the nearly two dozen flights diverted to Lambert this week, most were bound for Chicago when an electrical issue temporarily shut down that region’s radar facility on May 13. Those flights resumed to Chicago after the issue was resolved. The next day, it was spring weather causing problems over Dallas-Fort Worth that forced a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany to land here. The Lufthhansa jet was an Airbus A330-300, which seats more than 300 passengers. The jet was re-fueled and back on its way to Texas after an hour or so in St. Louis.
Mr. RIP gives a dog’s welcome to Fredbird and Rampage at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this week.
A furry connection was made this week when the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams mascots were let loose at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Fredbird and Rampage got lots of passenger hugs, oohs and awes and countless selfie pics as part of the Airport’s Customer Appreciation Week. But the highlight of the visit was the on-the-floor meeting with some C.H.A.M.P Assistance dogs at the USO of Missouri in Terminal 1. Mr. RIP, a longtime fixture at the USO, decided to conduct a bird breath investigation. It was all wags after the bird and dog smootch. In addition to roaming mascots (which also included Hudson’s Hudsy the News Hound and Dunkin Donuts' Big Dunkin), the Airport celebrated the week with music, giveaways and other events in honor of our passengers and customers.
Colorful scoops of sherbert and yogurt are just part of the recipe mix for Jamba Juice now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Aiport.
Scoops a plenty are dropping into colorful creations at the new Jamba Juice location at Lambert. Jamba Juice, near gate C24, is well known for its fruit smoothies and healthy juice concoctions. In fact, you can order 28 different smoothies right off the menu. If you aren’t into frozen sherbert or frozen yogurt fruit mixes, you can always flip to the veggie side of the menu. Veggie juices and wheatgrass shots can give you a healthy kick. Beyond beverage snacks, Jamba Juice also cooks up breakfast wraps. sandwiches and flatbreads.
ARFF Batallion Chief Steve Simpson monitors the Airport’s emergency response training exercise on April 19.
There was smoke, flames, makeup and fake injuries. They were all key components for a major emergency response training exercise at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on April 19. The Airport’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) are the first responders for any incident on the airfield. They are the first to take incident command. For this exercise, a mobile trainer that spits out flames was used to simulate a jet crash on Runway 11-29. The firefighters attacked the flames and then were joined by other emergency responders and Airport staff to follow through on training related to treating and transferring injured passengers. A group of volunteers doubled as the passengers and were sent to area hospitals that were also testing emergency response plans. The Federal Aviation Administration requires all commercial airports to conduct this live exercise every three years.
Recent blooms frame the air traffic control tower at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
After one of the harshest winters in decades, St. Louis is finally being able to embrace a change of seasons. The debut of spring has battled the out-going winter through much of April. But in the last week, spring has begun to put on a show across the region. At Lambert, blooms are in full force as they soak in warmer temperatures. Flowering trees, bushes and plants signal the Airport’s busy summer travel season is fast approaching.
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