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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Kicks-Off Today at Lambert

For the Next Ten Days Passenger Numbers Expected to Soar More Than Eight Percent Over Last Year

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is projected to see eight percent more passengers than last year during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. That’s an increase of nearly 13,000 departing passengers over a ten-day period that begins today, Friday, November 18.

Peak days at Lambert are expected to be Wednesday, November 23, with nearly 22,000 departing passengers, and Sunday, November 27, with departing numbers forecasted to exceed 22,200.  More than 20,000 passengers are checking-in and going through the TSA security checkpoints on Friday to kick-off the travel period.  Airplane load factors are expected to be above 90% over the next 10 days.  In total, STL is expecting more than 167,000 departing Thanksgiving holiday travelers, as compared to just under 156,000 in 2015.    Lambert expects gate areas to be even more crowded with passengers connecting through STL. Year-to-date in 2016, Lambert is trending 30 percent higher for connecting passengers than 2015.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the airlines recommend the following travel tips for navigating the busiest travel days of the year:

·         Arrive two hours ahead of scheduled boarding time, especially if checking luggage or flying international.

·         Visit www.TSA.gov to search what items can and cannot be brought through the TSA security checkpoint, such as liquids, which must be in 3.4 ounce containers or less. 

·         Learn more about TSA accepted forms of identification, or traveling with children, medical conditions or disabilities, at www.TSA.gov

·         Do not wrap holiday gifts.  They should remain unwrapped for air travel.

·         TSA Pre-Check is available at all checkpoints with participating airlines.

·         Wheelchair assistance is provided by the airlines at no cost. This can be a big help for limited mobility or elderly travelers. For the best accommodation, contact the airline in advance to request.

·         If picking up a passenger at STL airport, use one of the free cell phone lots instead of the parking garages.

·         If parking at STL, shop our lots at www.SuperParkingLot.com, plus see real-time parking availability.

·         Check the status of all flights to and from STL as updated by the airlines here.

Lambert’s Role in American Aviation History Comes to Life in New Exhibition


The founding roots of America’s modern day aviation industry can be traced through St. Louis and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. That amazing history is documented in a new book published by the Missouri History Museum Press, The Aerial Crossroads of America: St. Louis’s Lambert Airport, by author Daniel L. Rust.   With the release of that book this week, Lambert and the Missouri History Museum have opened a companion exhibition by the same name in The Lambert Gallery in the Bag Claim of Terminal 1.

Everything that has taken place on the airport’s footprint—from Lindbergh to American Airlines, jet airliners to space travel—constitutes a microcosm of the triumphs and tragedies of winged flight in America. The Aerial Crossroads of America chronicles the transformation of the patch of farmland leased by Albert Bond Lambert in 1920 into the sprawling international airport it is today. The book and the exhibition tell the story of Lambert but also the history of what it means to take flight in America.

The Aerial Crossroads of America features 53 large-scale reproduction photographs featured and referenced in the new book. The photos span nearly 100 years and were curated from the archives of the Missouri History Museum, Lambert Airport, The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and the personal collections of Alan Hoffman and author Daniel Rust. 

The book was a project inspired and supported by the Missouri Aviation Historical Society. Many of its members assisted Daniel Rust with research on the project that culminated in the publication by the Missouri History Museum Press. The Missouri History Museum curated the exhibition.   

“The exhibition is a visual timeline of great moments and milestones of Lambert that reminds all of us about the great heritage this airport has in American aviation history,” said Rust.

The exhibition follows the book’s timeline, first highlighting Albert Bond Lambert’s pioneering efforts to promote air travel in the Midwest.  The exhibition also covers the 1923 Air Races, Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, the U.S. Air Mail Service, the birth of American Airlines, military aviation, the rise of the aircraft manufacturing industry, the development of air traffic control, regulation and deregulation, and the transformation  of Lambert after the demise of TWA and 9/11.

Daniel Rust is an assistant professor of transportation and logistics at the University of Wisconsin–Superior. Previously he served as assistant director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He earned his doctorate from the University of Idaho and is the author of Flying across America: The Airline Passenger Experience.

The Aerial Crossroads of America will run through November 2017 in the Lambert Gallery, near the Concourse C exit in Terminal 1 Bag Claim. The exhibition is sponsored by the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which celebrates the artistic, creative, cultural and historical resources of the St. Louis region through art and exhibitions at the airport.  

The Aerial Crossroads of America book is on sale at Lambert’s Hudson news and gift stores, the Missouri History Museum Shop or online where books are sold. The book is distributed by University of Chicago Press.

New Exhibitions Showcase Jazz, Landscapes and Organic Imagery

Jazz greats, a series of colorful landscapes, and organic imagery that mimics parts of the human body are part of a new set of exhibitions for the Lambert Art and Culture Program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Two of the three artists showcased are based in St. Louis, and one collection features a prominent local press.

In Terminal 1, near the entrance to the A Concourse Checkpoint, features the paintings of St. Louis artist Robert Ketchens. His two works, Miles and Birth of Jazz, celebrate that uniquely American genre of music that flourishes in New Orleans and elsewhere. His paintings honor jazz pioneers Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Ferdinand LaMothe (aka ‘Jelly Roll Morton’), Buddy Bolden, Freddie Keppard, and King Oliver.

In Terminal 2, near Gate E12, features the colorful works of St. Louis artist Jenna Bauer in a collection entitled Thunder Fields. The collage of imagery portrays landscapes manifested as a twice-pixelated abstraction. The pieces are created through an analog process of monoprinting on canvas using a printing press. The muse for this work was a road trip Bauer took through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Nevada, and the powerful but isolated storm systems in her midst.

A second exhibition in Terminal 2, near gate E18, passengers can view the works of St. Louis’ Wildwood Press, which is featuring three photolith reliefs by Valerie Hammond, titled Traces.  These 6-ft high prints depict hand forms, but if you take a closer look, you see the delicate traces of organic material. Starting in the late 1990s, Valerie Hammond took up tracing hands and arms, mostly of women and children, then using layers of wax to secure pressed ferns and other organic material within the perimeter of the tracings. Experimentation in Photoshop resulted in dark, deep blue backgrounds, while the plant material, placed in such a way as to echo bones, veins, and circulatory systems, turned a ghostly white. 

The three temporary exhibitions will be on display through March 31, 2017, and are supported by the Regional Arts Commission. The Lambert Art & Culture Program is dedicated to promoting local cultural works and institutions to area residents and St. Louis visitors.

The Lambert Art & Culture Program is led by the seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee. Current members 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.; and Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.

Strong Passenger Traffic at Lambert Pushes More Growth in 3rd Quarter

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) has recorded its 13th straight month of passenger activity growth. Lambert served nearly 1.2 million passengers (departing and arriving) in September of 2016 to log a 10.4 percent increase over 2015.  The Airport enplaned (boarded) 584,525 passengers in September versus 531,851 in 2015 to yield a 10 percent increase in that key airport statistic.

Through the 3rd quarter of 2016, Lambert has recorded 10.4 million total passengers for a 9.1 percent increase over the same time frame in 2015. Third quarter year-over-year growth in total passengers is 8.6 percent. If the growth rate holds through the end of the year, Lambert will serve one million more passengers than in 2015. Lambert’s 2015 total passenger count was 12.7 million passengers. 

 “We’re really seeing a strong and steady travel trend hold from summer through the fall and that is very encouraging for us, and our airlines,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “This is a result of airlines adding new destinations, adding additional flights to current markets and upgrading to larger aircraft to meet the demand we have now in St. Louis.”

Aircraft activity also continues to show growth in 2016. Lambert’s passenger airlines operated 7,019 departures in September for a 3.7 percent increase versus 2015. Year-to-date growth for aircraft departures is 2.5 percent (63,207 vs. 62,691) through the first nine months in 2015.  Lambert recorded a 17 percent increase in air cargo for September (12.4 million lbs.). Year-to-date, the Airport has logged 102.2 million lbs. of cargo which is a 10 percent increase over the same time frame in 2015.

Lambert airlines have added 12 destinations since the summer of 2015. A majority of those new destinations have been with the growth of Southwest Airlines. This year alone, Southwest has added service to Little Rock, AR (LIT), Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Wichita, KS (ICT); Des Moines, IA (DSM); Oakland, CA (OAK); and Cleveland, OH (CLE). Airlines have also added additional flights to current markets or have switched to larger aircraft. Lambert’s nine airlines served 70 destinations during the peak summer travel season.

Lambert Airport Name Change Approved by Board of Aldermen, Mayor

The Mayor of the City of St. Louis and the Board of Aldermen have given their final approval of a board bill that will re-name St. Louis’ airport to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Formal and public use of the new name is expected to begin in January 2017.

"I am pleased to have signed the bill, officially putting 'St. Louis' first. The new name emphasizes the important link between our City and our Airport, better marketing St. Louis to regional, national, and international visitors, while maintaining a connection to our rich aviation past,” said Mayor Francis Slay. “Leading with St. Louis explains where we are and who we are, helping us make the best case to continue to increase air traffic to our city."

The airport will continue to operate under its current name, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport through January.  

“We are now beginning the formal process to submit the name change to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as notify other agencies and airport partners,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.    

The Airport worked with a committee of local business and marketing leaders over the last year to analyze current marketing and community outreach efforts. The committee proposed the name change in August and the St. Louis Airport Commission gave its approval of the name change in September.  The name change continues to honor the legacy of the airport’s founder, Albert Bond Lambert.

Airport T1 Parking Garage Entrance Reopens, No More Detour for Drivers

Height Restriction for Oversized Vehicles Lifted on Air Flight Drive

The Terminal 1 (T1) Parking Garage entrance at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reopens after construction on the Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) bridge required its closure.  Work on the westbound LIB lanes has been completed and drivers can once again access the T1 Parking Garage through its main entrance.

Since late July, traffic was detoured around the work zone on the westbound LIB lanes, requiring the T1 Parking Garage entrance to be briefly relocated to the exit plaza of the garage via an interim entry lane on Departing Flights Drive. 

The temporary height restriction for oversized vehicles traveling under the LIB bridge on Air Flight Drive has also been lifted, as the construction phase requiring scaffolding under the bridge is now complete.  Detours are no longer required for large vehicles needing Terminal 1 access.

Work is still ongoing for the eastbound lanes of the LIB bridge.  Drivers will likely see signs of road construction through November and may encounter minor rerouting around work zones until the project’s completion in early December. 

The LIB bridge was built in the 1960’s and repairs and maintenance are required to extend the lifespan of the structure.  The restoration includes replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge.  

Summer Fade: Lambert Photo of the Week

Flowers are basking in the fading days of warmth on the Terminal 1 Ticketing Level Plaza at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Summer’s blooms bred by a full season of warmth will soon begin to fade with the turn to autumn. At Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, there are bouquets of summer annuals overflowing massive planters all along Terminal 1 Departures Drive and the Ticketing Level Plaza. They seem to be thriving without a hint that it’s mid-October, while thousands of passengers are jetting by, officially in light coat mode. It’s the annual up and down, between seasons, weather flux. We’ve faced our coolest mornings this week, yet the next few days we’ll spring back to 80’s.  A few more moments to soak in the shine and hold onto summer’s colors a bit longer, until fall wins. And light coats turn heavy.

Lambert Opening Three New Service Animal Relief Areas in Secured Areas

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is making it easier for travelers with service animals with the debut of new indoor Service Animal Relief Areas (SARA) in each of the airport’s concourses.

SARA’s are now open in Concourse C (near gate C24) and Concourse A (near gate A16). The third SARA will open in Terminal 2 near gate E4 by October 14. These additional facilities will benefit passengers flying with service animals and pets because they can use the new facilities without having to leave the secured areas. The post-security facilities comply with new federal regulations for improved accessibility at major airports in the U.S.    

“This is another step in improving the travel experience for all of our passengers, especially those who rely on service animals to travel,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Now those passengers with long layovers or connecting flights can more easily accommodate their animals with these new facilities without the hassle of going back through a security checkpoint.”

Each of the indoor SARA’s features a 100 sq. ft. wheelchair accessible space that includes a low profile tub covered with artificial turf and a decorative fire hydrant. A hose attached to the wall allows for easy cleanup of liquid waste. A dispenser for bags allows passengers to throw away the remaining animal waste. A sink is also provided for passenger use. Airport’s janitorial teams will monitor the areas to maintain cleanliness. 

Travelers still have the option to use the Airport’s existing SARA’s located outside Terminal 1 (Door 6) and Terminal 2 (Door 15) before or after a flight. Those facilities were installed in 2009.

Airport Fire and Rescue Conducts Live Fire Training Sept 13-15, Producing Smoke

An annual live-burn training exercise conducted by Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) will be taking place Sept 13-15. A 50 foot fuselage capable of simulating a fully-engulfed aircraft will be ignited multiple times a day, creating plumes of black smoke that can be seen in the area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires yearly training of ARFF emergency response teams using live fires. The training will take place near the airfield in a secured area off of Navaid Road.

Lambert Airport Awarded Missouri Governor’s Leader in Energy Award

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has been awarded the Governor’s Leader in Energy Award. The award was announced September 8 during Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s 2016 Conference on Economic Development in Kansas City.

The Governor’s Leader in Energy Award honors the Airport’s effort in developing a facility-wide Environmental Management System. Since the late 1980’s, Lambert has worked to develop and implement innovative long-term programs to achieve targeted sustainability goals in energy efficiency, alternative/renewable fuels use, and landfill diversion. In 2012, as part of its new Environmental Management System, Lambert adopted sustainable practices including a centralized waste/recycling system, food waste composting, construction material and equipment reuse and recycling, water conservation efforts and biodiversity policies, including the establishment of a 20-hive honey bee colony.

Currently, Lambert is saving more than $40,000 per month in avoided energy costs after its most recent energy efficiency upgrades at the airport. Additionally, more than 70 percent of its fleet is powered by alternative fuels. The Airport has also diverted more than 350,000 tons of solid waste from area landfills.
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