Photo Of The Week
Members of the extended Strout family greet each other on Wednesday at the exit of the C Concourse.
Before the long weekend of reunions, there are the first reunions...at the airport. Wednesday was a huge day at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for friends and families greeting loved ones arriving on flights for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Young and old waited just outside the Airport’s three concourse exits hoping to get the first glimpses of familiar faces walking their way. This is what makes this time of year so special. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, with approximately 40,000 passengers traveling through the Airport. But it’s not the busiest. Sunday is even busier for airlines and airports as most people have to get home to their usual work and school routines on Monday.
Carolers kicked off Metro’s Holiday Magic Train at the Airport’s MetroLink station this week.
Metro riders traveling to and from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have a chance to catch the Holiday Magic Train now through the end of December. Metro is partnering with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to give riders a festive commute on board a MetroLink train decorated with lights, ornaments, garland, snowflakes and wreaths. Carolers helped kick off the Holiday Magic Train’s fifth year at Lambert’s Terminal 1 MetroLink station this week. Special on-board concerts are also part of the festivities scheduled for either the Red or Blue lines on November 29, December 7 and December 13. Honeyvox, Kevin Mitchel 4 and Retro Boogie are scheduled to perform on the train. Metro hsa also scheduled two high school musical groups to perform holiday concerts at Metro Transit stations on December 2 and 11. For more concert details, click here.
Crews work on installing the second of five new weather shelters on Arrivals Drive at Terminal 1.
With the first arctic blast of the season hitting the U.S. the timing couldn’t be better. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is adding new weather shelters for passengers on Arrivals Drive at Terminal 1. This is the roadway for passenger pickup by vehicles and shuttles. The Airport is replacing three existing shelters and installing an additional two shelters between exits 11 and 18. The steel and glass structures, measuring 6ft x 18ft, feature curved overhangs, which matches the design of nearby covered walkways and entries into the terminal. Each of the five new shelters will have lighting and heating elements. The installation will be completed before the Thanksgiving holiday.
A Frosty Moon rises in the sky above Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on November 6, 2014.
It’s not yet winter, but the signs are in the sky for its impending arrival. We captured November’s full moon peaking over Lambert’s historic Terminal 1 this week (Nov. 6). The November moon is often referred to as Frosty Moon or Full Beaver Moon. The latter is a reference from Indian tribes that noted this was the time beavers were building dams and preparing for winter. Either way, when you combine the glow of November’s full moon above the historic architecture of Minoru Yamasaki’s Terminal 1, plus the splash of color from the terminal’s LED skylights, you get an amazing shot that can’t be found at any other airport around.
The AirTran name will be removed by by November 2, 2014 on all signage at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Like so many airlines before it, AirTran Airways is fading away into history. AirTran is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, which completed its acquisition of AirTran in 2011. Since then, Southwest has been intergrating AirTran’s operations into the larger Southwest network, while keeping the two identities separate. That will end this weekend at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. By Sunday, all AirTran signage at Lambert, whether on the roadways, ticket counters, gate areas or flight displays, will be removed. This will have no impact on passengers, but it officially leaves Southwest Airlines as the only airline in Terminal 2. Passengers may still be boarding AirTran planes, with the signature "A" tail design, for some time longer. AirTran’s history goes back to the early ‘90s, when it was formerly ValuJet Airlines. The Air Tran Airlines name was adopted in 1997. The airline started serving St. Louis in late 2007. Check out the full history, here.
A Southwest jet featuring a brand new new paint scheme stands out at Terminal 2 among other jets carrying the existing paint scheme.
A whole new look for Southwest Airlines was announced just a month ago. A new livery or paint scheme for its entire fleet is just part of a branding overhaul for Southwest, which is Lambert’s busiest carrier. This week, we captured one of the "new look" jets at the gate in Terminal 2. You can see a sharp contrast between old and new. The redesign includes brighter tail colors, a deep blue fuselage, and the Southwest named moved to the body of the plane. Southwest reports it will take seven years to repaint its entire fleet. The rebranding will spread beyond just planes. The airline’s logo and website have been updated. Changes to airport ticketing and gate areas as well as employee uniforms are also coming soon.
A Southwest Airlines jet takes off in the distance while crews demolish a former postal facility to make way for more parking near Terminal 2.
A non-descript warehouse that once processed U.S. mail operations at Lambert-St. Louis International met its end this week to an agressive demolition crew. The steel and concrete shell building was attacked by a duo of excavators with a mean punch and fierce jaws. Crews ripped and smashed the building into pieces, small enough to transport for recycling or waste streams. The building was vacant. The building is being demolished to make way for the new parking. The surface lot will become Super Park Lot E, featuring 250 spaces with a short walk or shuttle ride to Terminal 2. The lot should ease parking shortages in the Terminal 2 Garage, once its completed by year’s end.
Missouri State Representative Mary Nichols (D-72) gives Sgt. 1st Class Corey Remsburg a resolution after arriving at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
It was a hero’s homecoming for Sgt. 1st Class Corey Remsburg and his parents when they arrived Thursday at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. They were met by more than a dozen joyous supporters including the Mayor of Overland, Missouri State Representative Mary Nichols and a large group from his alma mater, Ritenour High School. The former Army Ranger was permantly injured in a roadside bomb attack in 2009. His story of bravery and recovery from near-death and months in a coma made national news after President Barack Obama honored him in his 2014 State of the Union Address. Remsburg received a two-minute standing ovation. Back in St. Louis, he is being honored this weekend as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Ritenour High School Homecoming Parade. Standing alongside his parents and his service dog, he shook off all the praise, gave the crowd a thumbs up and said, "Go Huskies."
Bob and Tracy Durrell, guests of Art of Travel sponsor Tech Electronics, wowed the crowds with their ‘40s style for the big event this week.
A dark red zoot suit, a petal hat and rose colored gloves were all part of Bob and Tracy Durrell’s ‘40s style dress- up for this week’s 4th Annual Art of Travel party. They weren’t the only ones. In what has become a quick tradition, a majority of the 400 guests this year themed-it-up for the Lambert Art & Culture Program fundraiser, which paid homage to the days of Casablanca, swing dancing, rotary phones and fedora hats. Two antique cars set the stage for the night outside the B Concourse. Inside, guests dined on some amazing food cooked or prepared by a team of chefs from HMSHost. Signature ‘40s style drinks were a hit. So were the custom prints works by St. Louis print studios- Pele Prints, The Firecracker Press and Yellow Bear- which used reclaimed copper from the terminal roof to create printing plates. The event was presented by Spire Natural Gas Fueling stations and supported by nearly 30 other sponsors. Funds help support on-going exhibitions and future new art installations at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
60-year-old copper sheets are piled high in a dumpster ready to be recycled as a crane hauls off some of the last pieces of original roofing material off of Terminal 1.
Nearly six months of demolition on the original copper roof of Terminal 1 is now complete at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Crews have been pulling off tons of copper and under-layer roofing materials from the four historic domes since April. Even though the last of the copper has been pried off the roof and sent away to be recycled, there’s still plenty of work ahead for the roof replacement project. Crews have installed new protective layers and new copper on approximately 50 percent of the vaulted domes. With demo completed, roofing crews can finish the work on the remaining two domes on the western end of Terminal 1. The project is slated for completion in December. The first sections of the new copper roof installed early this summer are already oxidizing, turning brown, while the newer sections are still bright and brassy.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.