Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is expecting continued strong growth in passenger demand as the peak summer travel season kicks off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Lambert is on a 10 percent growth trend for 2016 in passenger enplanements.
Lambert’s airlines are responding to the strong increase in passenger activity with the introduction of more destinations, more seats and some upgrades in aircraft to certain cities through the summer.
Additional flights and bigger aircraft this summer account for 2,000 more available seats per day, which is an eight percent increase year over year. Lambert will have 255 daily departures from St. Louis beginning in June. That’s an increase of seven flights per day versus last year.
This year, Lambert will hit peak service to 70 non-stop destinations. That includes new non-stop service from St. Louis to Oakland, CA (OAK) on Southwest Airlines beginning June 5. Southwest will also begin serving Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) that same day for a total of 103 daily flights this summer to 43 destinations. In addition to its new destinations beginning this June, Southwest has added six other non-stop destinations since the start of summer of 2015: Austin, TX (AUS); Orange County, CA (SNA); Little Rock, AR (LIT); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT). Connecting passenger activity is on an 18 percent growth trend in 2016 with 92 percent of connecting passengers on Southwest.
Other destination additions since a year ago includes Alaska Airlines’ service to Portland, OR (PDX). This summer, Alaska will be expanding its second daily flight to Seattle, WA (SEA) to 7-days a week. Frontier Airlines also added three flights/week to Atlanta, GA (ATL) this spring. American Airlines has added an additional daily flight to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) this summer. Many airlines have increased capacity to some of the key cities in their networks.
The top increases in seat capacity from St. Louis versus the summer of 2015 include Denver, CO (Den)-Frontier Airlines, Southwest, United Airlines; Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)-Southwest; Austin, TX (AUS)-Southwest; Tulsa, OK (TUL)- Southwest; Los Angeles (LAX)-American, Southwest; Atlanta (ATL)- Delta, Frontier, Southwest; and Orlando, FL (MCO) Frontier, Southwest.
Even with additional seat capacity, many airlines are forecasting heavy passenger load factors, especially this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The airline industry is projecting a record level of airline travel this summer of 2.5 million passengers per day, an increase of 95,000 or 4 percent.
Most airlines recommend passengers arrive a minimum of 90 minutes before domestic departures; two hours before international departures. Wait times for check-in and security will vary by airport, by checkpoint and by time of the day. Infrequent travelers, travelers with young children or passengers with large amounts of luggage may want to allow for more time to get through ticketing and checkpoints during the summer travel season.
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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is beginning a bridge restoration project that will impact a majority of drivers traveling to and from the Airport beginning this week. Starting May 5, construction begins to repair the Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) Bridge over Air Flight Drive, which is one of the major entrances to the Airport, directly south of Terminal 1. LIB is also the main roadway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
In the first phase lasting approximately one month, all LIB traffic approaching the bridge will be routed to the north lanes while crews begin repairs to the south side of the bridge. The single lanes of traffic and temporary stop signs in place for the project will cause additional congestion on this roadway, especially at peak travel times. Drivers should plan on adding extra time when travelling to or from the airport during this construction.
The bridge repairs will continue in various phases through late fall of 2016. The bridge is in need of rehabilitation and maintenance due to its age. The structure was built in the 1960’s. Crews will be replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge.
Budweiser Clydesdale, Live Music, Mascots and More Planned for May 2 -5, 2016
Starting in May, travelers will see a whole new happy face greeting them at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). Lambert is celebrating their customer appreciation week in conjunction with National Tourism Week, May 1-7. The airport, which serves 13 million travelers a year, is unveiling a fun and friendly new campaign to celebrate St. Louis and thank its many travelers. The name comes with a built-in social media hashtag, #STLthanksYOU, and features a cute new character that can be seen throughout the terminals. Passengers can even take a selfie with the little guy as part of a new interactive display window in the Terminal 1 baggage claim (pictured).
“The airport is often visitors’ first or only impression of our city,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “With the 10 percent rise in passenger traffic we’ve seen so far this year, it’s important to remind our passengers of how appreciated they are, and it’s great to be able to do it in such a fun way.”
The #STLthanksYOU campaign will be promoted throughout the month of May. However, the main celebration comes during the first week with a variety of activities and entertainment scheduled for travelers.
Monday, May 2: Two Pedros Band | Concourse C | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3: Free Snow Cones by Southwest Airlines | Gates E14 & E16 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dave & Greg band w/ Tim McCready | Concourse A | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird | Terminal 2 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4: Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags St. Louis | T1 & T2 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Kara Baldus Trio feat. Regi Drake | Terminal 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: Budweiser Clydesdale | Terminal 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Johnny Chase Duo | Concourse C | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6: Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers | Terminal 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Airport tenant partners and airlines will be getting festive in their own, unique ways.
Lambert will be promoting #STLthanksYOU on their social media pages. Follow @FlySTL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
New Flights and Gates Added to Accommodate Growing Passenger Numbers
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport started strong in 2016 with a leap in passenger traffic ten percent higher than last year. In the first three months of 2016, the Airport served a total of 3,077,178 passengers (arriving and departing), as compared to 2,796,694 in the first quarter of 2015. February saw a dramatic 15.3 percent jump over last year’s numbers with 960,003 total passengers. January was up 9.8 percent (966,831 vs 880,250) and March improved 6.2 percent (1,150,344 vs 1,083,502). Total aircraft departures were up 4.3 percent, of which cargo departures increased 6.9 percent.
“We work closely with our airlines to meet growing demand for new service, and the public is responding,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “This is exciting news for our region, and we expect this passenger growth to continue with more new flights coming this summer.”
Lambert’s passenger numbers are projected to climb as the second quarter began with eight daily departures added by Southwest Airlines across six destinations. STL gained two new markets with twice-daily flights each to Des Moines, IA (DES) and Wichita, KS (ICT). The airline also added Pittsburgh, PA (PIT), second daily flights to Tulsa, OK (TUL) and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP), and previously seasonal service to Seattle, WA (SEA) is now year-round.
Lambert Airport will soon have a second option for travelers to reach the San Francisco Bay area with Southwest Airlines’ daily nonstop service to Oakland, CA (OAK) beginning June 5. Oakland is a new destination for the St. Louis region. Southwest is also adding nonstop service to Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) that same day. With the addition of this new service, Southwest will operate over 100 flights a day out of STL.
Southwest Airlines, which operates exclusively out of Terminal 2, expanded its terminal operations this month with the addition of two new gates, E31 and E33. The airline has installed two new jetways, new carpeting, new podiums and new counters at its new gates in advance of the new service. Improvements to the western gates of the terminal (E29-E33) also included refreshed finishes in the main corridor and restrooms, along with new retail and food kiosks to accommodate the growth in passengers to that area of the terminal.
A side-by-side comparison of Lambert’s C16 gate area from the day after the tornado strike, and today.
Five years ago, at approximately 8:10 p.m. on April 22, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Terminal 1 suffered a direct strike from an F4 tornado. One of the most influential and iconic locations in aviation history was a disaster scene. This had never happened before to any major airport. Millions of dollars in damage was done to the airport facility, roadways, vehicles, and airlines. Yet in just 24 hours, the airport was operational again. This happened because of incredible emergency response and community support. Less than one year later, Concourse C was repaired. Interior upgrades that were planned before the tornado were also completed during that time. The result was a major transformation that tells an incredible story of change, progress, and a glimpse of what the future holds. See more at www.LambertExperience.com
Footsteps on the American Frontier: Daniel Boone and Westward Expansion Opens at The Lambert Gallery
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is proud to introduce its latest exhibition at The Lambert Gallery with the opening of Footsteps on the American Frontier: Daniel Boone and Westward Expansion, curated by Lindenwood University and the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center.
This exhibition examines one of America’s early frontiersmen, Daniel Boone, focusing on Boone’s life and his contributions toward the opening of America’s early frontier. Lambert is the perfect venue for this exhibition as St. Louis is considered by many as the “gateway to the west.” The exhibition is part of the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which is dedicated to promoting local cultural works and institutions to area residents and St. Louis visitors. The Lambert Gallery, located in Terminal 1 Bag Claim near the exit of the C Concourse, features temporary exhibitions by artists and cultural institutions from St. Louis and across the region.
Among the items to be displayed in the Boone exhibition are antique surveying equipment, portraits, maps, and Boone family heirlooms. The exhibition weave’s a story of discovery with not only artifacts, but paintings including one showing Boone escorting settlers through the Cumberland Gap (by George Caleb Bingham) and another where Boone rescued his daughter and other girls from several Shawnee and Cherokee tribesmen when he lived in Kentucky.
All items on display belong to the educational and historical collections at the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, which is owned and operated by Lindenwood University. The University has owned the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage since 1998. The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center is the home in which the famous frontiersman passed away. For a fee, the home offers interpretative guided tours of the site. Visitors may also choose to self-guide the property. Hands-on school programs are available for elementary- to college-level classes. The site hosts four major special events and several smaller programs throughout the year. For more information, please call 636-798-2005 or visit www.danielboonehome.com
Lambert’s Airport Arts Advisory Committee (AAAC) selected the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center for exhibition with program support from the Regional Arts Commission. Current members of the AAAC are Shelley Hagan, Wells Fargo Curator Corporate Art; Laura Helling, Director of Development for Wings of Hope; Marilu Knode, Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; and Freida L. Wheaton, Salon 53 and Founder of Alliance of Black Art Galleries.
St. Louis International Airport is proud to display the work of three emerging St. Louis artists who were chosen to exhibit for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’ (CAM) Great Rivers Biennial. The works of Lyndon Barrois Jr., Nanette Boileau and Tate Foley can now be seen in Terminal 2 in advance of the Great Rivers Biennial exhibition, on view from May 6 through August 14, 2016 at CAM.
The Great Rivers Biennial Arts Awards Program, a collaborative initiative between CAM and the Gateway Foundation, identifies artists working in the St. Louis metropolitan area, providing them with a $20,000 honorarium and a major exhibition at CAM. Barrois, Jr., Boileau and Foley were chosen by a panel of distinguished jurors from more than 80 submissions.
Featuring artwork that is distinct from the work on view at the museum but reflective of the artists’ practices and concerns, the airport exhibition will run through September 6, 2016.
Consisting of enlarged and modified graphics from Konica Minolta printing supply packaging, Lyndon Barrois Jr.’s (b. 1983, New Orleans) KMUltra draws a parallel between the widespread influence of print media and the controversial 1950s experiments known as MKUltra. The artist produced a series of eight images using laser printer toner pigments on linen canvas. The exhibit is located near Lambert’s gate E12.
Sea of Hot Pink Buffalo by Nanette Boileau (b. 1965, Seattle) observes a herd of American bison grazing in Custer State Park in South Dakota. The video, toned in a hue of pink, show’s an acute understanding of rural agriculture’s drive towards modernization and demystifies the “Wild West” by weaving together personal narratives of the western landscape. The exhibit is adjacent to the Tech on the Go store, near gate E18.
Tate Foley’s (b. 1985, Millerton, Pennsylvania) Post No Bills is an installation of prints that reframes the language of protest. Created with a Risograph, each print reveals potent multi-syllable words, altered into their phonetic components: “volatile” becomes “VAH-LIHH-TULL,” for example. Through the deconstruction of language, Foley dismantles systems of power, allowing viewers to interrogate the impact of prescribed definitions and construct their own nuanced meanings. Foley’s exhibition is located adjacent to the Discover St. Louis store, near gate E18.
Southwest Airlines is expanding its terminal operations at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with the addition of two new gates in Terminal 2. The airline will begin using Gates E31 and E33 this week, which will expand its full time gate use at Lambert to a total of 13. The expansion comes with the addition of several new daily flights including service to two new non-stop destinations. Beginning April 12, Southwest will provide two daily roundtrips to both Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT). On that same day, the airline will also begin year- round service to Seattle, WA (SEA), an upgrade from seasonal service in the summer in past years. The airline is also adding additional flights to Tulsa, OK (TUL) and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP) this week.
In the last few weeks, the airline has installed two new jetways, new carpeting, new podiums and new counters at its new gates in advance of the new service. Improvements to the western gates of the terminal (E29-E33) also include refreshed finishes in the main corridor and restrooms. Later this month, a new retail kiosk and a bar with grab n’ go food items will also be installed across from the newly renovated gates to accommodate the growth in passengers to that area of the terminal. Southwest will begin operating at least 12 flights a day from E31 and E33 gates.
“This is a major investment in Terminal 2 by Southwest geared to accommodate its number of nonstop flights from St. Louis,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The Airport has partnered with Southwest to facilitate this expansion and help bring new amenities and services for our passengers as these new gates come online.”
The expansion and improvements will also accommodate even more growth this summer when Southwest will top 100 daily flights from St. Louis beginning June 5. On that day, Southwest will begin nonstop service to Oakland, CA (OAK), Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) for a total of 43 destinations. Southwest Airlines is Lambert’s largest carrier boarding 3.3 million passengers in 2015.
(March 23, 2016-St. Louis) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will be closing the elevator at the Terminal 2 MetroLink Station for repairs from Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1. MetroLink passengers who need to use the elevator will be directed to travel to the Terminal 1 Station instead, and then use elevator service there. Passengers will then be directed to take the terminal shuttle back to Terminal 2 during the five-day repair period. The alternate route will likely add 10-20 minutes to a passenger’s commute. Passengers who can use stairs can still access the MetroLink Terminal 2 Station next week and will not need to take the alternate route.
The Terminal Shuttle departs each terminal approximately every 10 minutes. The Airport will have signs in both terminals alerting passengers about the alternate route for those who need MetroLink service. MetroLink operators will announce the elevator is out of service as the trains arrive at Terminal 2 and will instruct the passengers needing elevator service to remain on the trains until they arrive at Terminal 1. The MetroLink Rider Alert information will be posted at metrostlouis.org.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will host the 2016 Business Diversity Forum: Diverse Opportunities to Create New Successes on Friday April 1, 2016. The event is free, and will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Terminal 1 Concourse B.
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge will speak on Lambert’s 5-year strategic plan, current progress, and renewed focus on passenger growth, financial stability, economic development, and customer satisfaction. A highlight of the event is a dynamic presentation by renowned keynote speaker, Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, which is among the largest African American Companies in the nation. Mr. Norman will discuss his “SIT-EAT-GROW” model for growing small businesses and minority entrepreneurship.
The event is designed to showcase new and ongoing development opportunities at Lambert Airport, and to breakdown the nuances often associated with doing business in an airport environment. Additionally, the forum creates an educational and networking opportunity for M/W/D/ACDBE’s to connect with prime contractors and airport decision makers. The forum will feature roundtable discussions on how to do business at Lambert Airport, upcoming contract opportunities, understanding a joint venture and how it can help grow your company, business-to-business networking, navigating the certification process, bonding requirements, and other business development topics. The schedule also includes networking breakfast, awards presentation, and exhibit hall.
Businesses connected with professional services such as accounting, HR management, legal, PR/marketing, as well as personnel staffing are encouraged to attend.
Lambert hosted its first-ever Business Diversity Forum last spring. It was attended by over 400 people, and highlighted the requirements for federal and local certification for minority and women-owned businesses.
Registration is required by March 29, and can be made by calling 314-426-6111 or by clicking here
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.