Two new members have joined the executive team at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport filling assistant director vacancies on the staff. Ron Stella is the new Assistant Director of Operations & Maintenance. Antonio Strong is the new Assistant Director of Finance & Accounting.
Ron Stella is the former Assistant Vice President of Operations and Facilities at T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island. At Lambert, he is now supervising multiple operating departments, including Airfield and Grounds Maintenance, the Airport Operations (Communications) Center, Airport Building Maintenance, Airport and Airfield Electrical Maintenance, Housekeeping, Radio Systems, and Emergency Planning. Stella also manages compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport operations regulations and standards.
Stella is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. He’s also held management positions at Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) in Massachusetts.
Antonio Strong, from St. Louis, was most recently a Financial Analyst III (Iowa Finance Lead) for American Water Works Company working. At Lambert, his responsibilities include strategic financial planning and analysis, budgeting and controls, airport grant management and establishing airline rates and charges.
Strong is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience in the field with management responsibilities focused on accounting, auditing, benefits administration, mergers & acquisitions, and internal controls. Prior to American Water Works, he’s held positions with Express Scripts, May Department Stores, Emerson Electric and Unisource Worldwide.
Strong is the former Vice President of External Affairs for the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc- St. Louis Chapter. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Lambert airlines will soon see a steady increase of passengers as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Airport typically sees an increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic during the Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends this year from Friday, November 21 through Tuesday, Dec. 2.
The airline industry is expecting more than a one percent increase in air travel this year with more than 24 million passengers flying on U.S. airlines during the 12-day holiday travel period. Because of the volume of travelers flying through Lambert and airports across the country, passengers are urged to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their flights, especially if they’re checking luggage or traveling internationally.
The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 30), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 26, is projected to be the second busiest day in this travel period. Load factors on both of those days are at or near 100 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert. This means there will be few to no vacant seats on those flights. The two lightest travel days during the week are Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and Friday, November 28.
Lambert, TSA and Airline officials offer a number of travel tips to make it easier for passengers during the busy travel season.
· Arrive 2 hours ahead of a scheduled flight, especially if checking-in luggage or flying internationally.
· TSA Pre✓™ is available at all checkpoints with participating airlines.
· Liquids must be in 3.4 ounce containers or less; put in quart size, clear, plastic zip-top bag.
· Do NOT wrap holiday gifts.
· Remember to retrieve all items from the checkpoint after they pass through the security scanners.
· If picking up a passenger from Lambert Airport use one of the free cell phone lots instead of the parking garages.
· For more information on prohibitive items, traveling with children, food and gifts, go to www.tsa.gov.
· Access Lambert Airport information easily via your mobile phone at www.flystl.com.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport posted a nearly three percent increase in passenger traffic for the 3rd quarter of 2014, serving a total of 3,329,069 passengers. Just released statistics show Lambert served a total (departing and arriving) of 1,018,950 passengers in September, a 1.6 percent increase year over year. This follows increases in total traffic of 5.1 percent and 1.6 percent for July and August, respectively. The rebound in the third quarter helped narrow the gap in total traffic declines posted in the first six months. The Airport saw a significant drop in traffic in the first couple of months of 2014, attributed to winter weather cancellations. Year to date, Lambert has served 9,349,174 passengers, off by 1.5 percent over the same nine months in 2013.
Southwest Airlines, Lambert’s leading carrier, has seen a 2.4 percent increase in the number of departing passengers (enplanements) in the first nine months of the year. It currently has a 50 percent market share out of the 11 scheduled airlines that service St. Louis.
Lambert saw a significant jump in cargo traffic (departures) in September with a 22 percent increase. Year to date, cargo departures are up nearly 10 percent. Air cargo freight for September, 10,587,593 lbs, was up nearly one percent for September.
Click here for full year-to-date statistics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the
Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Projection (DHS) have just
released information on steps being taken at airports to prevent the spread of
Enhanced health screenings will be enacted at five major international
airports: New York's John F. Kennedy,
Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O'Hare, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson. These
airports receive more than 94 percent of passengers who travel into to the U.S.
from affected countries in West Africa.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has not received any
directive from local or federal agencies to alter its current emergency
response plans regarding communicable diseases or illnesses. Lambert has no direct international transoceanic
service. Travelers from overseas must arrive into other domestic airports prior
to flying to St. Louis.
Lambert would respond to any report of a threat based on its
FAA certification procedures regarding communicable diseases or illnesses. Procedures to respond to a potential communicable
illness include isolating an arrival aircraft away from the terminal. The
airport’s first responders would then assess the illness threat and alert other
emergency response agencies and local health departments if necessary.
The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.
The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre. Tickets to the event are still available on line via PaPay at www.flystl.com/artoftravel.
The Art of Travel is Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the B Concoruse. Tickets to the event are still available on line via PaPal at www.flystl.com/artoftravel.
Camden, Addison and Colin West of Charlotte, NC show off their new STL Airport Trading Cards shortly after arriving here on vacation this week.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport joined nearly 20 other airports in the launch of a new trading card series earlier this month. The North American Airports Collectors Series (NAACS), featuring U.S. and Canadian airports, made its debut in Atlanta at the Airports Council International- North America Annual Conference. Airports get to prominently display their airport code, iconic pictures, facts and history to share with passengers, community groups, collectors, and others. USA Today recently profiled the new campaign. CNN Airports will soon air another piece on this unique marketing idea that unites airports and shares the great impact we have in each community. Log onto www.airportradingcards.com or follow #airportcards on Twitter to find the latest participants.and news. You can find STL cards at the Terminal 1 Information Booth.
The historic copper roof of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International
Airport has been an architectural inspiration for nearly 60 years. Now it’s
become an inspiration for art. In the process of replacing the original copper
roof this year, the Airport has saved a few green patina copper tiles to share
with St. Louis area print studios. Artists are using the copper to create
exclusive prints for the 4th Annual Art of Travel fundraiser, benefitting the Lambert Art and Culture
The Art of Travel, presented by
Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions, will celebrate the growing arts scene at
the Airport in Terminal 1’s B Concourse from 6-8 p.m. on
Oct. 2. Tickets are $75 and available
The event raises funds to support the Airport’s
acquisitions of permanent artwork and temporary exhibits.
Lambert Art and Culture Program commissioned three presses, The Firecracker Press, Amanda Verbeck with Pele Prints,
and Gina Alvarez with Yellow Bear to each transform one of the weathered, historic tiles into
printmaking plates. Each press has developed its own imagery using the
nostalgia and mystery of travel as its only prompt. The Firecracker Press, Pele
Prints, and Yellow Bear have employed a variety of processes to alter the
tiles, allowing the 60 years of weathering marks to be forever impressed into
these pieces of fine art. From
paper airplanes to woodcuts using wood salvaged from the 2011 Good Friday
storms, the three presses are letting the copper inspire them to experiment and
create innovative and exciting works of art. The evolution of
each print is being documented in a blog, http://flystlprints.wordpress.com. The prints will only be available at the Art of Travel event.
In addition to exclusive copper-inspired art, the event will feature a
silent auction of additional prints by the three print studios and several art
experience packages provided by the Foundry Art Centre, Painting with a Twist,
The Preston Art Glass Studio, Craft Alliance and others.
The theme of this year’s Art of Travel celebration is the film-noir and fedora style
1940s. Gourmet chefs from across the
country will prepare signature cuisine throughout the night along with ‘40s
inspired cocktails. Swing dancing demonstrations will entertain guests who are
encouraged to dress up for the occasion.
The chefs appear courtesy of global restaurateur HMSHost, a world leader
in travel dining. HMSHost operates a large number of dining venues at Lambert,
and is part of Autogrill S.p.A. – the world’s
largest provider of food and beverage services for travelers.
More than two dozen other businesses and
corporations are sponsoring the Art of
Travel, which is helping to transform the Airport with local and
international works, bringing a new sense of place for visitors and local
residents alike. The Lambert Art and Culture Program launched more
than four years ago during The Airport Experience, the Terminal 1 renovation
campaign that concluded this year. Since
2011, 13 major works of art have been installed in terminals and concourses
including nine art glass screens by local St. Louis area artists. The latest
installation was in July with the relocation of the Gateway Foundation’s China China (Zhu Wei, 2003) in the
Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby. The program also supports temporary exhibitions in
The Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1. Past
exhibitors have included Craft Alliance, Chess Hall of Fame, the Griot Museum,
and the Foundry Art Centre. The International
Photography Hall of Fame is currently exhibiting “A Heritage of Cameras”
The seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee, appointed by St. Louis City
Mayor Slay, works with the Airport to recommend and help select art installations
and exhibitions. The committee is represented by David Allen, Susan Barrett,
Laura Helling, Marilu Knode, Jill McGuire, Kiku Obata and Frieda L. Wheaton.
Those advisory members are also part of the Art of Travel Host Committee,
chaired by Ken Page. Other committee members are Dwyer Brown, Sara Burke,
Curtis Cassel, Cynthia L. Cosby, Sean Devereaux, Ollie Dowell, George and
Dianne Garrison, Carrie Houke and David Carl Wilson, Richard Hrabko, Samuel
Jenkins, John Kemppainen, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Benjamin Lipman, Meridith
McKinley, Kathleen Ratcliffe, William and Julie Shearburn, Jack Stelzer, Andrew
Trivers, Daniel White, and Donna Wilkinson.
For more information on the Lambert Art and Culture Program, visit www.flystl.com/art
Lambert Airport's 4th Annual Art of Travel gives you a ticket to the 1940s. For one evening, guests are encouraged to don their best fedoras and film-noir style to celebrate the post-prohibition decade of high style. Grab your friends for some free pics, too.
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