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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.

St. Louis Airport Commission Votes to Put St. Louis First in Airport Name Change

The St. Louis Airport Commission approved a name change for St. Louis’ airport that puts St. Louis in the lead of its name while continuing to honor its legacy founder, Albert Bond Lambert.

The commission approved a name change to “St. Louis Lambert International Airport,” which would reverse the city and legacy founder’s name once the name change is fully approved. The name change must still be approved by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

“This effort is about aligning the Airport with our city and becoming more unified with the brand and marketing power of the St. Louis region,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’ve received a lot of feedback in the last few weeks that highlighted the support of our effort to put St. Louis first.”

An airport working group originally proposed “St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field.” Commissioners amended the proposed name and approved “St. Louis Lambert International Airport.”

“We’ve spent the last few weeks talking with relatives of Albert Bond Lambert and heard how important it was that Lambert still have a vital position in the airport’s name,” said Hamm-Niebruegge.  “The current naming strategy does that. With support of our major business leaders, community organizations, our stakeholders and our commissioners, we believe the new name provides a key foundation for the Airport to soon adopt a more cohesive and global marketing platform.”

An overwhelming majority of the top 100 airports in the U.S. are geographically named. Lambert Airport’s airlines operated 250 daily departures to nearly 70 non-stop destinations this past summer. Lambert has served 8,020,558 total passengers through July of 2016, which is an increase of nine percent over the same period in 2015.

Airport Unveils “Blue Lady,” an Exclusive Art of Travel Print by Carlos Zamora

A shimmering 1920s beauty with a passion for future flight is a stunning illustration by Carlos Zamora, who has unveiled his poster design for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s 2016 Art of Travel event.

Zamora donated his talents as long-time creative director and illustrator to design “Blue Lady.” He is a Co-Chair of the 2016 Art of Travel host committee. The Cuban-born and St. Louis advocate has had illustrations published by the New York Observer, The Boston Globe, Ad Age, American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal and St. Louis Magazine. He is a former President of AIGA St. Louis - the professional association of Design, and serves as a brand chair on several boards in the city.

The 6th annual Art of Travel celebrates The Dawn of St. Louis Aviation in 1920’s style on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A limited number of Zamora’s “Blue Lady” prints, produced on 100% cotton archival museum paper, will be available to guests that evening donating to the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Event sponsors will also receive a signed, limited edition print. Sponsorships are still available. 

Individual tickets are $75 in advance at www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com or $100 at the door.  Dining, drinks, parking and entertainment are included.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which enhances the visual appearance and cultural connectivity of the airport through art and exhibitions in the terminals and concourses.

The Airport held its inaugural Art of Travel event in 2011. Carlos Zamora designed the first poster that year in what is now a treasured annual tradition for the Airport’s fundraising event. Co-Chairs for the 2016 Art of Travel are Cabanne and Jim Howard, Carlos and Juliana Zamora, and Jessica and Jacob Herschend.  

The Lambert Art and Culture program features both visual and performing arts, and highlights the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region, as well as works from national and international scenes.  Funds raised at previous Art of Travel events has enabled Lambert Airport to showcase works from renowned artists such as Alicia LaChance, Ken Konchel, Daniel Raedeke, John Foster, Steven Ladd and William Ladd.  Many more artists have been featured in curated exhibitions by local organizations such as Craft Alliance, The Sheldon Art Galleries, The Missouri History Museum, The International Photography Hall of Fame,  Griot Museum, Foundry Art Centre and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

The Power of Art in All on Showcase in the Lambert Airport Gallery

The power of art is in everyone. That is the essence of a new exhibition by Artists First now on display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The exhibition, Different Filter, Different Lens: Artists First features the works of individuals often referred to as “outsider artists,” individuals who have reinvented their selves by tapping into newly discovered creative talents. 

Artists First is a nonprofit organization which serves adults with disabilities, youth with and without disabilities, and current and former Armed Service members from the greater St. Louis area.

The Airport exhibition showcases three dimensional objects as well as small paintings and collages, crafted in the Artists First studio with guidance by facilitators

“The artists at the Artists First studio demonstrate a concerted effort to focus on creating visual art. The results vary from self-referential, or autobiographical imagery, and caricatures, to celebratory decoration,” said Sheila Suderwalla, Executive Director.  “The purpose of this exhibition demonstrates the power of creative expression in the lives of disenfranchised individuals with disabilities but also examines the various media, imagery, and techniques specific to each individual.”

Different Lens/ Different Filter is on display in The Lambert Gallery in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim through January 1, 2017.

The exhibition is supported by funding from the Regional Arts Commission.  The Lambert Gallery exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art. 

Lambert Exhibition Showcases St. Louis Artist’s Love for Geometry and Space

Geometry and space are the inspirations for St. Louis artist Thomas Sleet, who has introduced the latest exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. “Studies in Topology” is now on display in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge through January 2017.

Starting with commonly available materials, Thomas Sleet's work weaves themes of organic structure, migration, infinite multiples, and culture with systems of individual marks. The ten works on display at Lambert are created from wood and acrylic with repeated shapes—in both material and spaces between. Sleet arranges a foundation of simple shapes into stacks of new geometric forms in contrasting black, white and some gray.

Thomas Sleet attended Columbus College of Art and Design and Washington University in St. Louis - Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, where he received his B.F.A.  Sleet has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout St. Louis and is featured in numerous permanent collections.

The works are courtesy of the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis and the exhibition is supported by the Regional Arts Commission.  The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art.    

Ticket Sales Launch for Fundraising Gala Supporting Airport Art Program

Tickets are now on sale for the Art of Travel gala, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s signature event of the year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which through community support, enhances the visual appearance and cultural connectivity of the airport through art and exhibitions in the terminals and concourses.

Now in its 6th year, Art of Travel celebrates The Dawn of St. Louis Aviation in 1920’s style on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Lambert’s Concourse B event space in Terminal 1.  Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.  Dining, drinks, parking and entertainment are included.  All proceeds benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program.

To purchase Art of Travel tickets and for more information, please visit www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com

The Lambert Art and Culture program features both visual and performing arts, and highlights the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region, as well as works from national and international scenes.  Funds raised at previous Art of Travel events has enabled Lambert Airport to showcase works from renowned artists such as: Alicia LaChance, Ken Konchel, Daniel Raedeke, John Foster, Steven Ladd and William Ladd.  Many more artists have been featured in curated exhibitions by local organizations such as Craft Alliance, The Sheldon Art Galleries, The Missouri History Museum, The International Photography Hall of Fame,  Griot Museum, Foundry Art Centre and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

“The public is invited to attend in support of our art, which impacts an average of 35,000 passengers per day here at Lambert,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.  “The cause is important for our region, and we are proud to present a really extraordinary evening.”

A highlight of the event is the Copper Collection jewelry, an Art of Travel exclusive.  Crafted from salvaged pieces of Lambert’s historic and iconic original copper roof, these legacy jewelry and accessory pieces for both men and women are returning by popular demand.  Art of Travel will debut the collection for sale, and it is expected to sell out at the event.  The 2016 Copper Collection features works from renowned local metalsmiths Jennifer Walker, Peg Fetter, Roger Rimel and Leia Zumbro.  The collection contains more than 80 hand-crafted pieces, with prices starting at $75.

Art of Travel puts the spotlight on culinary arts with an exquisite chef table dining experience.  Top chefs will assemble from around the country courtesy of HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and beverage concessionaire and a world leader in travel dining.   The expert culinarians will craft seven inspired chef tables featuring favorite 1920s foods, transformed into sweet and savory delectable gourmet reincarnations.

Guests can enjoy a signature cocktail or choose their own pour from one of four bars, which includes the Budweiser Lounge.  Art and travel experience packages will be showcased in the silent auction and raffle.  The Galaxy Band featuring Kim Fuller will be entertaining throughout the evening.

Committee Recommends Strategies for Airport to Better Connect with St. Louis Region

A special committee of airport executives and St. Louis business leaders have released a set of proposals to create a more unified and cohesive global marketing strategy that better connects the airport to the St. Louis region.

The Community Engagement Advisory Committee, represented by executives from Enterprise Holdings, BJC HealthCare, St. Louis Blues and Explore St. Louis- along with airport leaders- recommends that the Airport use “STL” as a core component of the Airport’s visual brand identity. It also recommends using more cohesive marketing positions for public and industry communications and adopting a modern ID for the Airport that has a stronger connection to the St. Louis region.  The committee recommends the Airport officially change its name to “St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field.”

See the full report here.

The committee made its recommendations to the St. Louis Airport Commission on August 3. The committee was formed in the fall of 2015 following the release of a five-year strategic plan, which has a core component of creating a more positive and lasting impression of the Airport and the region. Community outreach and community focus groups are part of the strategy to increase the feedback to the airport as a guide for improvement.

The committee determined four key points in analyzing current marketing efforts.

·    Airport’s current marketing strategy is split between public and business/industry audiences and lacks global cohesive messaging.

·    Airport should focus on key marketing positions and points of distinction for each stakeholder group.

·    Marketing should incorporate best assets of city/region.

·    Airport name should be more clearly linked to city/region.

The committee analyzed data from a 2016 passenger study that revealed that there is not a strong familiarity of the current “Lambert” name among local users and visiting travelers. But a stronger foundation for the recommendations was that the Airport needed to capitalize on "St. Louis" as the primary name to tap into the region’s marketing strengths and better connect with all travelers and our community. Here are the detailed recommendations.        
  • Airport’s primary marketing focus should be the St. Louis (STL) region, which has tremendous marketing power and recognition.
  • Airport’s name should emphasize St. Louis first, because the Airport markets nationally and internationally for passenger, cargo and other business.
  • St. Louis as the primary focus gives global audience an instant geographic marker for the region.
  • St. Louis as the primary name is more compatible with airport code (STL) and connects easier with global audience for online ticket purchases or information searches.
  • Lambert name should be re-positioned in the official name- keep historical link to Airport namesake to retain local identity and continue celebration of history and Albert Bond Lambert.
  • STL airport code should be the key airport identifier in all marketing messaging which promotes both Airport and region as a whole.
The name change must be approved by the St. Louis Airport Commission and by the City of St. Louis. It is expected to be voted on during the September 7, 2016 Airport Commission meeting.

Lambert Shows Continued Strong Growth in Passenger Traffic through 2nd Quarter

Total Passengers up 9.3 Percent in First Six Months of 2016

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) continues to show strong growth in passenger traffic for 2016 with total passenger activity up 9.3 percent through the 2nd quarter. In the first six months of this year, 6.7 million passengers traveled through STL versus 6.2 million in 2015.  In the just-released statistics for June, Lambert saw a 10.5 percent growth in total passengers for the month (1,290,938 vs 1,168,364 in June 2015).  STL has seen passenger increases of seven percent or more in every month of 2016. February showed the biggest gain in traffic (vs Feb. 2015) with 15 percent growth in total passengers.   

In other reporting categories, Lambert has seen a 2.7 percent growth in passenger aircraft departures and a one percent increase in cargo aircraft departures through the 2nd quarter of 2016.  Overall aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings- all aircraft types) in the first six months is up three percent - 93,627 vs 91,026 in 2015.

“Just about every airline at Lambert has contributed to this growth through the addition of new non-stop destinations or adding bigger aircraft –which means more seats—to existing markets,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The new flights should continue the momentum of year-over-year growth through the remainder of 2016.”

Since the summer of 2015, STL has added or resumed service to 11 non-stop destinations beginning with Austin, TX (AUS) on Southwest Airlines; Jackson, TN (MKL) on Air Choice One and Portland, OR (PDX) on Alaska Airlines.  In November, new service started to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA (SNA) on Southwest. Seven of those markets have been added since January on Southwest Airlines: Little Rock, AR (LIT); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Des Moines, IA (DSM); Wichita, KS (ICT); Oakland, CA (OAK); and Cleveland, OH (CLE). 

During this peak summer travel season, Lambert airlines are operating 254 daily departures to 68 non-stop destinations.

Airport to Open Temporary Entrance to T1 Garage on July 28 Due to Bridge Project

The next phase of a bridge renovation project on Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will require a detour for all motorists accessing the Terminal 1 Parking Garage starting July 28. High clearance vehicles accessing Terminal 1 will also experience restrictions into the Terminal 1 roadways because of the project.

Beginning July 28, work will begin on the bridge impacting all LIB lanes over Air Flight Drive, which will also block the entrance into the Terminal 1 Garage. All traffic will be routed around the work zone on the westbound LIB lanes.  Entrance to the Terminal 1 Parking Garage will be temporarily relocated to the exit plaza of the garage via a temporary entry lane on Departing Flights Drive off of LIB.    Parking availability and payment operations will not be affected.  Approximately 1,500 vehicles access the Terminal 1 Garage daily. Click here to see the full map of the Terminal 1 Garage Detour.

Construction scaffolding suspended beneath the bridge will also reduce the clearance height on Air Flight Drive, which is a major entry point into Terminal 1 from exit 236 off of I-70.  All westbound 1-70 motorists are encouraged to avoid the Air Flight Drive construction zone by using Exit 238 to LIB to access both terminals.    Vehicles 10’ 6” or taller will be unable to access the Terminal 1 Arrivals or Departures areas if traveling eastbound on LIB or northbound on Air Flight Drive.  Motorists should access Terminal 1 from westbound LIB.  High clearance vehicles traveling Eastbound I-70 can take Exit 237, then turn left on Brown Rd. to connect to the a Air Cargo Road. Drivers can then head back west and onto westbound LIB. Click here to see detour route to Terminal 1 for high clearance vehicles.

“We hope drivers remain understanding that although they may be temporarily inconvenienced, repairs to the bridge and the resulting detours are in the interest of putting safety first, which is our top priority,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. 

The LIB bridge structure was built in the 1960’s and the repairs and maintenance in this project will extend the lifespan of the structure for decades.  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.   Drivers should plan on adding extra time when traveling to or from the airport during this construction.

The detours and temporary Terminal 1 Garage entrance will be in effect until early November. The entire project will be complete by the end of November.

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