Photo Of The Week
A Frontier Airlines jet taxis behind the dusty work of a concrete breaker vehicle which is being used in rebuilding a section of Runway 12R-30L at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Rebuilding or rehabilitating taxiways and runways are a key part of maintaining a safe airfield. This summer, the major project is the replacement of approximately 3,800 ft of Runway 12R-30L, one of Lambert’s two parallel runways. Concrete breaker vehicles do most of the dirty work. The remote controlled vehicles use a guillotine-style drop hammer to crack the worn out pavement so crews can remove the concrete debris and recycle for other uses.
Two jets crossed paths over Lambert’s FAA Tower.
Contrails are the long cloud-like vapor trails that form behind aircraft as they jet across the sky. On a clear blue day, like we’ve seen in recent days, its easy to see the weave of crisscrossing steaks which are made up of water vapor in the exhaust of aircraft engines. In the picture above, the paths of two jets were aligned along the same track as they flew over St. Louis. The eastbound jet’s contrail was already breaking up into whispy puffs as the westbound jet flew over Lambert’s FAA’s Air Traffic Control Tower.
St. Louis ArtWorks students snap pictures of a plane about to land at Lambert this week.
Pictures and more pictures were snapped this week at Lambert by a group of young artists in training. Lambert invited 17 high school and college-age students with St. Louis ArtWorks to see what life is like on a typical day at Lambert. The students captured planes taking off, baggage being loaded into planes, crews painting stripes on the airfield taxiways, restaurants in action, homecoming reunions and much more. The students will turn those pictures into sketches, paintings and other works of art for an exhibit at the Airport later this summer. The Boeing Company is sponsoring this summer art project at Lambert.
St. Louis and Mid-Missouri students from People to People get ready to fly out of Lambert for a trip to Europe.
The entrance the C Concourse Checkpoint is now opened up after renovations.
For months, the path to the C Concourse Checkpoint in Terminal 1 was obscured by a line of construction walls. On Friday, the walls were hauled off. The change is dramatic with higher ceilings and brighter lights. The entrance to the checkpoint is now open and inviting. It’s all part of the Airport Experience Program renovations. This is the first phase of the lower level to be substantially completed. Next week, newly renovated restrooms at the checkpoint entrance will open. And the checkpoint will get more screening equipment. When needed, the TSA will have the ability to screen passengers in eight lanes.
Lambert passengers make their way past Delta gate A2 on the Friday before Memorial Day.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend and a heat wave are sure signs that summer has arrived in St. Louis. The kickoff to the summer travel season has been very evident throughout Lambert this week. Airline gate areas, concourses, bag claims--all seem to be bustling with a boost of passengers. If the spring is any indication, the Airport will be showing strong activity through the summer. Lambert’s first quarter passenger traffic was up 3.4 percent.
A carpenter with Bam Contracting measures up the framing for a new wall for Lambert’s ticket counter renovations in Terminal 1.
Behind walls, more walls are going up on the ticketing level of Terminal 1. Lambert is now in phase two of ticket counter and airline office renovations. The work is across from the recently renovated American Airlines ticket counters. Workers are currently framing and installing new heating and ventilation systems. Renovations will also include new baggage delivery systems, ticket counters, kiosks and new terrazzo flooring.
Katie Schmitz of Boston gives her pet Pomeranian, Cricket, a bottle break during a layover at the Pet Relief area outside Terminal 2.
There are times when a layover is greatly appreciated by our travelers, especially when flying with a four-legged companion. For Cricket, a 3-year old Pomeranian, the break brought much needed relief after a long flight from Boston in a carry-on pet carrier. Her owner, Katie Schmitz, found the Lambert’s pet relief area outside Terminal 2 Bag Claim so she could rest and her dog could work off a little built-up energy. Cricket got a well deserved bottle break, as well, to quench her thirst for the next leg of their journey.
Lambert has one more surprise in the wait for the newly renovated and restored C Concourse. InMotion Entertainment missed out on all the reopening festivities one month ago. Employees were busy Friday stocking the shelves to open by this weekend. The electronics and entertainment retail store has moved next to Gate C7 and features a new store design dressed in red and black. InMotion offers DVD’s, cameras, games, headphones and a full assortment of electronic accessories that are in high demand by travelers. InMotion also has stores in the A and E Concourses at Lambert.
The Robotics teams Expedio from Singapore and their local host team CaféBot of Webster Groves pose for a pic in Terminal 1 this week.
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