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Prominent St. Louis Sculpture, China China, Relocating to Lambert

The St. Louis Airport Commission formerly approved an agreement that will relocate a prominent sculpture to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The St. Louis-based Gateway Foundation will loan Lambert the sculpture, China China, by Chinese artist Zhu Wei (2003), for 10 years with extension options. The sculpture will be displayed by July in the newly renovated Terminal 1 ticketing level lounge, which features a live plant wall, a water feature and new art display cases.  The 6-ft-tall bronze sculpture features two ancient Chinese tomb-like figures. The sculpture was most recently installed in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.

“The Gateway Foundation has made a tremendous impact on the arts and culture scene across St. Louis and we’re thankful and fortunate that Lambert is able to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase an iconic piece of art to our millions of travelers,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.   

The Beijing-born artist, Zhu Wei, is well known for his ink paintings, engravings and sculpture. He established his art studio, Zhu Wei Art Den in 1993.  His work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Miami, Paris, Madrid and Chicago, among other cities.

The display of China China was endorsed by a seven-member Arts Advisory Committee, which evaluates all major art installations and exhibitions for the Lambert Arts and Culture Program  

Earlier this year, Metro’s Arts in Transit completed the installation of two large ceramic tile murals near its MetroLink station in Terminal 1. Nucleic Life Formation was created by New York artist Amy Cheng. Nine art glass screens were installed in Concourses A & C beginning in 2011.  Also that year, the Airport installed an intertwined steel ribbon sculpture, Sensación de Vuelo, by Leonardo Neirman outside Terminal 2.  A 41-color terrazzo floor medallion, New Village, by Alicia LaChance was installed just beyond the C Checkpoint in 2012. On-going temporary local exhibitions in the Terminal 1 Lambert Gallery are also part of the program.  

About the Gateway Foundation

Founded in 1986, the Gateway Foundation seeks to enrich life and culture in the St. Louis area by supporting efforts to acquire, create, or improve tangible and durable art and urban design.  


In 2009, the Foundation’s largest project, a two-block sculpture park called Citygarden, opened in downtown St. Louis in the Gateway Mall.  From prominent public sites downtown to community college campuses in St. Louis County, the Foundation also has purchased and installed more than 30 sculptures in the area. 

Additionally, the Foundation has arranged for and funded the lighting of the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse, the Civil Courts Building, the City’s three landmark Water Towers, and other prominent structures, and has funded the building and maintenance of several city playgrounds and parks.  More information is available at gateway-foundation.org and citygardenstl.org.

On Deck- Lambert Photo of the Week

Passengers wait in line for the next seats available at the new Mike Shannon’s Grill which opened this week.

Mike Shannon’s Grill opened this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in the A Concourse and it’s proving to be a hot ticket. "On deck" lines have been the norm at the new restaurant after just a few days in business. The restaurant brings big bat recognition to the plate as it’s the third Mike Shannon’s restaurant in St. Louis. The signature Mike Shannon’s near Busch Stadium has been a fan favorite for 25 years because of its great steaks and seafood as well as its stunning collection of Cardinals and baseball memorabilia. The airport location features highlights from that menu plus its own worthy collection of sports mementos such as baseballs, bats, jerseys and more.

New Mike Shannon’s Grill Features Comfort Cuisine with a Side of Baseball History

Famous for steaks and St. Louis sports, Mike Shannon’s Grill is now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  The new restaurant and bar, on the A Concourse, is the third location for the family-owned steak and seafood restaurant, which is named for the former St. Louis Cardinals player and the team’s long-time radio and TV broadcaster.   

“We’re very excited to open at Lambert with our upscale-comfort cuisine that features some of our signature steakhouse cuts and other popular menu items from our other restaurants,” said Mike Shannon’s owner Pat Shannon-VanMatre.

Mike Shannon’s Grill is located near Gate A12 and is operated in partnership with HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and beverage concessionaire. The new restaurant features nearly 90 seats in the dining and bar areas.  The restaurant features dark leather upholstered seating accented by wood finishes and rounded out with a custom display of baseballs, bats, jerseys and other sports memorabilia.

Mike Shannon’s Grill menu items include salads, wraps, soups and burgers.  Petite filets and strips, along with fish and chicken, round out the meal selections on the menu.  A new breakfast menu will make its debut starting the week of June 8.

The signature Mike Shannon’s near Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis has been an institution for 25 years because of its menu and its stunning collection of Cardinals and baseball memorabilia.  The Airport location carries a similar theme and variation on the menu featured at Mike Shannon’s Grill in nearby Edwardsville, Ill.

“We hope people coming through appreciate that St. Louis is the best baseball town in the country,” said Shannon-VanMatre.  

Lambert’s USO of Missouri Airport Center Wins National Honor

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport congratulates the USO of Missouri after it was honored for the top U.S. Airport Center-Large Division in the second annual TellUSO Awards, which were announced in St. Petersburg, Florida.


The USO and its airport and military base centers offer support and services to America’s troops and their families around the world.  The USO of Missouri serves as many as 12,000 service members and their families each month at the James S. McDonnell USO in Lambert’s Terminal 1 and its satellite facility in Terminal 2. The Terminal 1 facility is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.  The USO of Missouri is funded solely from the support from individuals and corporations as well as a legion of volunteers.


“It’s a tribute to the volunteers for all the hard work they put in,” said David Waltrip, the President of the Board of Directors for the USO of Missouri.


The USO of Missouri relies on 1,200 volunteers to serve troops across the state and those traveling through Lambert.  USO of Missouri volunteers typically log around 7,500 hours a month. Military visitors at Lambert receive free food and drinks as well as have access to sleep areas, computer access and entertainment.


The TellUSO awards are based on the feedback of thousands of troops who are surveyed about the USO’s programs and services at centers in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Pacific regions.  


“It’s very exciting for us and our volunteers,” said Kathy O’Conner, Executive Director of the USO of Missouri. “Our guests continually tell us we’re the best USO they’ve been to. The award now validates what we hear every day.”


For more information on services, volunteering or donations, contact the James S. McDonnell USO at 314-429-7702 or log onto www.usomissouri.org.

Luggage Express: Lambert Photo of the Week

Southwest Airlines agent Meika Bowden checks in passengers and their luggage at Lambert this week.

Call it the Luggage Express. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is now operating in-line baggage systems for all passengers. The $46 million dollar baggage system was completed in the last week with the debut of the system in Terminal 2. The system made its debut in Terminal 1 earlier this spring. The system enables passengers to check in their luggage directly to the ticket agent. Since soon after 9/11, passengers have had to carry their luggage to x-ray machines after checking in. Those machines are now built into the conveyor system where security screening now takes place out of public view. It all means a more efficient check-in process for passengers before they go through security.

More Lambert Flights, New Baggage System Highlight Summer Travel

The Memorial Day weekend kicked off the peak travel season at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. This summer will bring more flights, heavier passenger loads and the debut of a new baggage system in Terminal 2.


Lambert is seeing a big boost in flights with new destinations and more flight options for existing destinations for travelers.  Airlines will be operating 253 daily non-stop flights to 62 destinations in June, an increase of 11 daily flights compared to May.  A majority of the additional flights are part of the seasonal boost of flights on Southwest Airlines, which is set to have its busiest summer ever in St. Louis. Southwest will offer more than 400,000 seats out of St. Louis in July.

In June, Frontier Airlines will debut two new destinations from St. Louis with service to Portland, Oregon (PDX) and Trenton, New Jersey (TTN). Frontier is also adding non-stop service to San Francisco (SFO). American Airlines is also boosting its summer schedule with additional daily flights to Washington Reagan National (DCA) and Chicago OHare (ORD).

Airlines are already reporting lower seat availability with the increase in demand for tickets this summer. With the spike in the number of passenger, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds passengers they can have a significant impact on reducing wait times at security checkpoints. Get the latest TSA information here.

Lambert is helping to ease congestion when it comes to checking in this summer.  The new inline baggage system that made its debut in Terminal 1 this spring is now operating in Terminal 2, which serves Southwest Airlines and Air Tran Airways. Passengers can now hand off their luggage at the ticket counter versus having to transport bags to multiple explosive detection system (EDS) machines that were installed in the ticketing areas after 9/11.  A new 2,259 linear ft. conveyor system transports the luggage from the ticket counters to the airlines, with the bag screening machines built into the network and now out of public view.

The new $46 million in baggage system upgrades in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 will improve efficiencies in screening checked baggage and has upgraded the customer experience during the check-in process. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is covering 90 percent of the eligible project costs, or approximately $40 million, through grants and funding that were announced in 2010.


Here are details on additional summer flight activity from Lambert:

June 5: American Airlines adds two additional daily non-stop flights to Washington Reagan National (DCA) for a total of 5 daily flights.

June 7: Southwest adds additional daily flight to Raleigh-Durham (RDU) for total of 2 daily flights.

June 8: Southwest adds additional daily flights to Boston (BOS) for total of 3 daily flights, Denver (DEN) for total of 4 daily flights, Los Angeles (LAX) for total 3 daily flights, Oklahoma City (OKC) for total of 2 daily flights and Seattle (SEA) for one daily flight. 

June 9: Southwest adds additional daily flight to Chicago Midway (MDW) for total of 10 daily flights.

June 11: American Airlines adds an additional daily non-stop to Chicago OHare (ORD) for total of 9 daily flights.

June 13: Frontier Airlines begins service to San Francisco, CA (SFO) and Trenton, NJ (TTN) - new non-stop destination from Lambert.

June 15: Frontier Airlines will begin service to Portland, OR (PDX) - new non-stop destination from Lambert.

Lambert Photo of the Week: Magic Train

Andrew Schaub, 4, is ready for takeoff in the new St. Louis International Play Port on the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Parents waiting for a flight on the C Concourse may have a slight problem pulling the kiddies away from the new St. Louis International Play Port. The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum unveiled the 1,500 sq. ft. play area at Gate C2. The Play Port is interactive and includes a kid-sized plane; an air traffic control tower with a slide; car rental counters; a luggage conveyor belt and airport secreening area; and a mock x-ray machine. It’s a great area for children to explore other methods of transportation. Andrew Schaub, 4, is in the driver’s seat of the Play Port’s kids version of a MetroLink light rail train. Schaub seemed to know all the right buttons to push. The MetroLink is a popular mode of transportation to and from Lambert Airport for passengers and employees.


The Magic House Opens New Play Area with Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has opened a transportation-themed play exhibit that will help children burn restless energy and inspire their imaginations at the same time.

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum unveiled the St. Louis International Play Port, a 1,500 sq. ft. exhibit, in the C Concourse at Gate C2.  This interactive exhibit features a mini airport where children will use their imaginations to experience what it’s like to travel these days.  The play area includes a kid-sized plane, an air traffic control tower with a slide, car rental counters, a luggage conveyor belt and an airport screening area with a pretend x-ray machine. Children can also explore other popular modes of transportation in the exhibit including a car, a truck and a van. They can also take the driver’s seat in kids-version of a MetroLink light rail train, which is a popular mode of transportation to the Airport and across the St. Louis area.  

“The Play Port is a welcome addition for the thousands of families who travel through Lambert each year,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  “We are thrilled to have partnered with The Magic House to open this unique space which will fuel the wonder of travel for children and give families a one-of-a kind activity that can only be found at Lambert.”

The Magic House’s children’s exhibit at the airport took off in large part due to the strong showing of community support for the idea through RallySTL.org, a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform where consumers submit, vote for, and help fund ideas that drive progress in greater St. Louis.

“It was gratifying to see the community rally around the idea of an interactive play and learning space at the airport, and we were honored to be asked to create it,” said Beth Fitzgerald, President of The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum.  “St. Louis is such a family-oriented city, and we wanted to design an exhibit that would make a positive first impression on families traveling through our airport.”

St. Louis attractions will be featured throughout the exhibit to help tourists and residents discover all of the family fun that St. Louis has to offer.  “We are excited to see such a creative way to share the many great things there are to do in St. Louis with travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,” said Kitty Ratcliff, President of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.  “The Magic House has long been an asset to the community, and we are excited to have their work showcased to the many travelers coming through St. Louis.”

Major donors and supporters of the exhibit include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Carr Lane Manufacturing Co., the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Bi-State Development Agency/Metro, Jane and Dave Peacock, as well as private donations generated through Rallystl.org.

Frontier Airlines Announces New Service to Washington Dulles International

Frontier Airlines is expanding service again in 2014 with another new destination from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  The airline announced it will begin flying non-stop service between St. Louis and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) beginning Tuesday, September 8.  St. Louis is one of 14 cities with the new service to IAD. Frontier is offering a 12-hour introductory fare sale as low as $15 each way for travel through November 19 at flyfrontier.com.

The non-stop flights from St. Louis will be operated on A319 aircraft three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  The same scheduling format is also being used on other new destinations from Lambert which were announced earlier this year. Frontier will begin service on June 13 to San Francisco (SFO) and Trenton, NJ (TTN). On June 15, Frontier will begin non-stop service to Portland, OR.

“Frontier Airlines has really stepped up with new destinations from St. Louis as well as new service that offers passengers flexible schedules with attractive and lower cost fares,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.

Frontier Airlines operates two gates in the C Concourse. It currently operates daily flights to Denver International in addition to vacation destinations in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

This summer, Lambert airlines will operate nearly 250 daily departures to 62 non-stop destinations. For latest airline information, click here.

Lambert Celebrates Customer Appreciation Week

For the second year in a row, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will dedicate a week to saying thank you to thousands of passengers and customers. Read the rest of entry »

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