Photo Of The Week
The Shaffey family, led by their two young children, head towards their gate in Concourse C.
It's Spring Break time, and it signifies the start of a peak travel season here at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. We spotted the Shaffey’s entering Concourse C, heading out for a week-long Spring Break vacation at Disney World. The little Shaffey's were all set with perfectly proportioned luggage in tow. Concourse C is a great place for junior flyers like these, as it is host to the 1,500 square foot educational Play Port playground, sponsored by The Magic House. Kids can play on this fun-sized airport, complete with a plane, air traffic control tower with a slide, car rental counters, luggage conveyor, while learning about transportation. Through the end of March, lots of little feet will be seen in our concourses while families are off to have some fun.
Installers with U.S.Art delicately unpack pieces of “Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best” to prepare it for display in Terminal 1.
It was a unique hand off from The Saint Louis Art Museum to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The result is an extended viewing of a colorful collage of fabric scrolls created by St. Louisans Steven and William Ladd. The artists, now based in New York, completed a museum residency where they conducted a community scrollathon involving more than 500 sets of hands from different schools and groups in St. Louis. Participants helped roll fabric that were then pieced together for the Ladd brothers’ work Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best. The artwork made of fabric, archival board, pins and metal trinkets was created in conjuction with the Ladd’s exhibition Scouts vs Sports? The brothers are known for unique, craft based art. The artwork is now on display near the entrance to the A Concourse in the lower level of Terminal 1 through September.
Jet bridge installation equipment at Terminal 2 perfectly frames the Air Traffic Control Tower.
Southwest Airlines is expanding their operations in Terminal 2, and has been in the process of installing two new jet bridges at gates E31 and E33 . The complexity and size of these large motorized walkways can take a week or more to assemble. These jet bridges are designed to fit multiple aircraft sizes. E31 can accommodate a Boeing 737-800, and E33 up to a Boeing 787. Lambert worked with Southwest on the configuration of the these jet bridges to ensure safe operations for arriving and departing aircraft. Gate E31 aligns west, directly towards the Air Traffic Control Tower.
A loader clears snow from the airfield during a snowstorm on Wednesday morning.
Most people associate this type of machinery with construction work. But at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport these specialty backhoes, called loaders, are used for snow removal. When winter weather hits, airports get to work fighting back snow and ice to keep the airfield safe and operational. It takes hundreds of specially trained people with highly specialized snow removal equipment to clear an airfield. Unlike street plows that pile snow on the sides of roadways, standing snow is a hazard on the airfield and must be relocated. The airport clears all major movement areas, such as runways and taxiways. It utilizes the help of contractors such as Midwest Landscape for the ramp areas, located closest to the building and airline gates. The loaders lift the snow from the ramps into dump trucks, who relocate it to safe place to melt away.
The Mike Halloran Duo entertains travelers in Concourse C, concluding the opening week of Lambert’s spring music series.
The Lambert Art and Culture Program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport launched a spring music series this week that features live local musicans in the concourses. Performances will be held Thursdays and Fridays each week from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. through May 20. The live bands will vary from solo artists, to duos and trios performing a wide range of musical genres that include Jazz, Blues, RnB, Top 40, Rock, Latin/World, Country and Singer/Songwriter. The entertainment will regularly alternate between Terminal 1 (concourses A and C) and Terminal 2. For a complete performance schedule, please click here.
St. Louis Rams merchandise is marked down at retail stores in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
After 20 years in the gateway city, the St. Louis Rams made a recent announcement that the franchise is relocating to Los Angeles, CA. With a sign that reads “Thanks for the Memories,” Hudson Group, an airport tenant that owns and operates Lambert’s retail stores, has lowered prices by up to 75% on St. Louis Rams merchandise in response to the news. Frequent fliers had gotten familiar with seeing St. Louis Rams clothing and gifts alongside St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Cardinals gear. Fortunately for St. Louis sports fans, there will still be plenty of Blues and Cardinals logos in Lambert. However, just like the team, St. Louis Rams merchandise will only be here for a limited time.
Steve Valdez with the Airport Sign Shop moves a large piece of foamcore to a specialized roller to adhere the graphics.
If you’ve ever been to an airport, you have likely noticed that there are A LOT of signs. From roadways to runways and the entire building complex in between, signs of all shapes, sizes and materials are everywhere. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has its own sign shop that manufactures the vast array of airport signage needs. The Airport Sign Shop is a vital component to keeping people, planes and airport operations running smoothly and safely. The shop recently completed a major renovation project in Terminal 2, upgrading the public wayfinding signs from gray to a bright Lambert blue. The signs being made in this photo will be placed by concourse telephones for Cape Air and Air Choice One shuttle passengers.
A passenger helplessly looks at a flight information display after flights are cancelled nationwide due to a large snowstorm in the east.
The east coast is bracing for a record-setting snowfall forecasted to hit this weekend. CNN News reported on Friday that nearly 30 million residents are under blizzard watches or warnings, and at least 4,500 flights have been canceled ahead of the expected storm, which is stranding thousands of passengers. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport alone had 24 arrivals and 34 departures cancelled on Friday. Airports in larger cities saw even more of their flights impacted. The weather conditions are predicted to be so severe, several major airlines began halting service completely to the affected states as early as Friday afternoon. Passengers are urged to check with their airlines for the latest information on flight delays and cancellations.
A low winter sun casts an array of shadows onto the floor in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge.
The architecture of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is iconic for its sweeping domes and hundreds of individually unique window panes. The wash of natural light in the space-age terminal is beautiful in any season, but in the winter, it allows for special shadows that can only be seen this time of year. With the winter sun so low in the sky, the rays cast striking shadows onto the floor in the mid-afternoon. The myriad of shapes in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge make for beautiful shadow art patterns that accent the space.
Hiding under that napkin is a giant sprinkled donut Dad picked out just for her, at the celebration of STL’s new service to Little Rock, AR.
A delicious and colorful sight greeted Terminal 2 passengers on Friday morning. Scattered throughout gate E10 were dozens of balloons, and seemingly endless boxes of decorated donuts for the taking. The sweet surprise was to celebrate the launch of twice-daily service to Little Rock, AR on Southwest Airlines beginning January 6th. The two daily flights to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock depart STL at 10:25 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Terminal 2, where Southwest currently operates 11 gates. Flights from Little Rock will arrive at Lambert at 7:40 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. The schedule gives Little Rock travelers greater connectivity to other destinations on the Southwest network through St. Louis. Also announced this week, Frontier Airlines is expanding service with a non-stop route to Atlanta, GA starting in April.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.