Photo Of The Week
Student carolers from Pattonville High School accept a charitable donation from a traveler in Terminal 2.
If you are traveling through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in December, you are likely to encounter one of the many spirited performances from choirs throughout the St. Louis region. Coordinated by the St. Louis Christmas Carolers Association, these volunteer groups of singers perform for the goodwill of others, collecting donations to support local charities. Melynda, Vocal Music Teacher for Pattonville High School, said in past years their choirs alone raised over a thousand dollars caroling at Lambert. “It’s really exciting when we see people put $100 bills into the jar.” Melynda said. “The celebrity sightings are really fun, too!” The St. Louis Christmas Carols Association was founded in 1911, and continues to carol for a cause. In 2014, 39 Metro St. Louis area children’s agencies benefited from the carolers’ collections. Four different choral groups performed throughout the day on Friday, with the caroling continuing at Lambert through December 22.
Sunrise from the Lambert-St. Louis Air Traffic Control Tower showcases a silhouetted leg of the Arch more than 10 miles away.
Arguably the best view in the entire city lies 18 stories above Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in the Air Traffic Control Tower. The highest point for miles, the 210 foot tall iconic structure offers a 360 degree panoramic view of a seemingly endless horizon. Air Traffic Controllers keep the airfield a safe place by communicating with, and coordinating in real-time, all inbound and outbound flights in the nearby air or on the ground. The best way to do that is with the most visibility being perched high above the action. The tower was built by the FAA in 1991, and includes a fully circular outdoor catwalk at the top, from where this photo was shot. The Air Traffic Controllers at Lambert are treated to beautiful views like this daily. Want to work in the ATC tower? You can’t be afraid of heights! In this very skilled and stressful career, the FAA regulates that new-hires must be age 30 or under.
A Southwest Airlines’ plane breaks into the sky at dawn on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Lambert-St. Louis Airport was washed in gold thanks to a vivid rising sun on Wednesday. Early morning travelers were treated to the majestic sight as the Airport welcomed an influx of passengers for one of the busiest travel days of the year. In 2015, Lambert was pleased to announce great new destinations and non-stop routes to several major markets- meaning this Holiday season, travelers can reach their loved ones faster and easier. Just in time for the Holidays, on Monday Lambert celebrated the inaugural flight of nonstop service to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. The event was complete with cupcakes, balloons, and a cake that featured two (edible!) surfers catching California waves.
Delta Airlines’ passengers board a full departing flight from STL Friday.
The busiest travel season of the year is now upon airports throughout the country. Lambert- St. Louis International Airport will see a surge in holiday traffic beginning Friday, November 20 as the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush begins. An increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic is typical at Lambert during the 10-day Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends through Monday, November 30. The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 29), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers on that day. Load factors are projected to above 90 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert, with most flights being fully booked. In 2015 Lambert has added four major new destinations and non-stop routes, facilitating travelers with even more options to quickly and conveniently reach their loved ones during this special time of year.
A decorator from Three French Hens adorns a Christmas tree in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Level Tuesday.
Like the classic Christmas song goes,“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go!” We are still a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving, but Holiday cheer and themed decorations seemed to pop up all over St. Louis this week! Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was no exception. In a process that takes weeks, garland, bows, wreaths, ornaments, boughs of holly and even Santa’s sleigh are beginning to make appearances on site. The crown jewel, standing over 9 feet tall, is the glittery tree in Terminal 1. With seemingly too many adornments to count, the installation took nearly four hours and three people to complete. The airlines, vendors and concessionaires at the airport are also beginning to look merry and bright with their own festivities. Even if you don’t yet see holiday decorations in all parts of the airport just yet, the waft of seasonal flavors from one of our six Starbucks coffee shops will have you holly and jolly in no time.
A view of Lambert’s ATC Tower from the cockpit window of an XTRA Airways’ Boeing 737-800 parked outside Concourse B.
The new charter for Apple Vacations, XTRA Airways, had an introductory event at Lambert Airport this week. Travel agents and their clients could visit sponsor booths and tour the airline’s 168-seat Boeing 737-800 jetliner. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is kicking off a new year of charter vacation travel with a season that will offer more flights and one of the newest of planes for trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. In December, XTRA Airways will begin operating solely from St. Louis, charting flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Liberia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico. Daily, year-round service to Cancun, Mexico, operated by Frontier Airlines, rounds out the 2015-2016 schedule of vacation charter destinations. The pilots may have the best seat in the house, but we think any seat is a great one when you’re on your way to a vacation!
A sweeper makes runs to clear debris from a newly reconstructed section of the airfield ramp.
Fall brings closure to a lot of weather-sensitive airfield projects at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. One of those was the reconstruction of the north apron at the L-pad; an area just east of Concourse C. The pavement had reached or surpassed its designated lifespan, and this week marked the end of the final phase of the improvement project that replaced 27,000 sq. yards of concrete. Even with a new and smooth concrete finish, there's still one more job before the area can be re-opened. A pavement sweeper is brought in to make sure the new section is debris-free and meets the same safe conditions as the rest of the airfield's runways and taxiways. This new section of pavement is also the deicing area for Southwest Airlines. The black and white painted sections are designated to stage deicing trucks, which could be called up for duty any day now with the first frost of winter fast approaching.
Fall colors are on full display in the sky as storm clouds clear and the sun rises over Lambert Airfield on Friday.
The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler, and even the sky appeared to take inspiration from the color-changing fall leaves Friday morning. The sunrise gave a truly beautiful display, as clearing storm clouds became a vibrant palette of oranges, reds, yellows and purples. Fall is definitely here, and it’s a season that can make us want to cozy-up with pumpkin spice and the ones we love. Those of us who work at Lambert Airport get to be a part of bringing people together every single day- and also serving those favorite fall flavors our travelers crave. In passenger statistics just released, year-to-date through September, Lambert has boarded 4.75 million passengers- up from 4.67 million a year ago. With more people to make happy, and new destinations on their way, the changes fall is bringing are definitely good ones!
US Airways’ name has been removed throughout the property in preparation for completion of the merger into American Airlines on Saturday.
Airports all around the country are removing signage for US Airways, as the name is set to disappear this weekend when the merger with American Airlines is made final. The last US Airways flight arrives in Philadelphia Saturday morning. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport began the process of removing the airline’s signage throughout the property early in the week, when the US Airways ticket counters and gate areas in Terminal 1 were rebranded for American Airlines. Both USAirways.com and AA.com have a large “Becoming One Airline” front page section with helpful information for travelers adjusting to the transition. The merger now makes American the world’s largest airline.
Lambert Public Relations Manager, Jeff Lea, shows off the new STL trading card at the ACI-NA Conference in Long Beach CA.
Although we are certainly rooting for the Cardinals as Red October begins in St. Louis, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has another set of cards to celebrate this week. In September 2014, Lambert Airport led the campaign, and was part of the original launch of the North American Airports Collectors Series which featured trading cards from 17 airports. On Monday, Lambert led the national debut of second edition in the series, which now has more than 60 participating airports. Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) kicked off the second year of the program on Monday at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference. The airport trading card series offers aviation enthusiasts a new collectible opportunity to commemorate their travels through U.S. and Canadian airports. Lambert’s second card features an iconic image of its new copper roof on Terminal 1, which was installed in 2014. Pick up the new cards at the Airport Information Booth in Terminal 1.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.