Photo Of The Week
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.”
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!
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.