Photo Of The Week
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.
Busy servers at Lambert’s new Vino Volo prepare several Winter Cabernet wine flights for a table of awaiting passengers.
Vino Volo has arrived in St. Louis, with its newest location at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL).Travelers in search of a great glass of wine and a tasty bite before their flight can now visit Vino Volo in Terminal 2 near Gate E18. Vino Volo (derived from “wine flight” in Italian) is a trusted wine authority that combines a cozy wine lounge, restaurant, tasting bar and boutique wine shop under one roof. Founded in 2005, Vino Volo revolutionizes how people experience wine by making the tasting experience approachable and educational. Here at Lambert, guests have the opportunity to taste hand-selected wines from around the world by the glass, in tasting flights, or by the bottle to either take home or have shipped. The food menu offers small plates to pair with wines, such as smoked salmon rolls and a Brie and prosciutto sandwich. CHEERS!
The bride makes her grand entrance in Concourse B, for the very first wedding ceremony at Lambert Airport.
At Lambert-St. Louis International Airport last May, Patrick Walker told Nicci Roach that he loved her for the very first time. Just after Lambert-St. Louis International Airport opened the door to host private events in its re-purposed Concourse B, this travel-loving couple decided to take the plunge to pull off the first-ever wedding at the Airport on Saturday. The couple’s story and the milestone event at Lambert were captured beautifully by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The 26,000 square feet in Concourse B were transformed; the corridor became an aisle and seating area for over 300 guests, the main room divided into a cocktail area and adjoining reception space, original airline ticket counters became bars, and expansive airfield views provided the perfect backdrop for this unique and special day. For more information on Concourse B, as well as Lambert’s other rental spaces, please click here.
A passenger jumps up in surprise after being startled while posing for a photo with an Irish Wolf Hound who was going in for a “hug.”
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.