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Lambert Welcomes the Blue Angels

Lambert was welcomed with blue skies and the Blue Angels today. The U.S. Navy and Marines aviation demonstration team landed with five Boeing F/A-18s and famous "Fat Albert," a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules. The team landed around 9 a.m. for half-day visit at Boeing on the north side of Lambert's airfield.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to participate in the Chicago Air and Water Show this upcoming weekend.

Check out more pics from the Blue Angels visit at Lambert.

Photo of the Week: Ramp Smart

American Airlines’ Jim McDermott marshalls a MD-80 aircraft into the gate.

They are the men and women who work around and under the wing to turn an arriving flight into a departing flight. They are ramp agents and Lambert has some of the most dedicated around. We caught up with Jim McDermott who has been marshalling planes into the gates for 44 years. He started with Ozark, transitioned to TWA and now proudly wears AA on his safety vest. Ramp agents load and unload luggage and do all the temporary power hookups to the aircraft while it’s at the gate. And when the Captain wants to leave, ramp agents make it happen with a big push from a tug to clear the jetway.

Lambert Roadway Detours Ending, Passenger Pickup Returning Curbside

The road construction blues outside Lambert's Terminal 1 Bag Claim entrances will end late Sunday, August 5. By Monday, August 6, the 4-lane roadway will reopen to all public traffic including motorists picking up passengers. Read the rest of entry »

STL Airport Commission Approves Hudson Group For Retail Makeover

The St. Louis Airport Commission approved a 10-year contract with a joint venture of the Hudson Group (HG-St. Louis JV) that will dramatically change the landscape of retail shopping at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport while increasing revenues. The agreement, which also carries a three-year option, guarantees Lambert a minimum of $13 million in the first three years of the contract and $41 million over the full term of the contract. The agreement, which would begin February 1, 2013, now awaits final approval by St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Read the rest of entry »

Play Chess! And Soak in the Life of Lambert, for a limited time only

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is encouraging visitors to Play Chess! and take in the wonders of Life at Lambert as part of two new art exhibits that open August 1 in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim. Read the rest of entry »

TSA Pre✓™ Begins This Week at Lambert

Tuesday, July 31 marks the day TSA Pre✓™ becomes available at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. TSA is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as U.S. air carriers as part of this initiative. The security check-in program at Lambert will begin for American Airlines passengers only through the C Concourse Checkpoint. Read the rest of entry »

Photo of the Week: Sky View

A sneak peek at the new skylight view from the lower level in Terminal 1.

Sneak peek alert! Here’s a look to the the very near future. It’s the full skylight view as seen from the lower level of Terminal 1. An escalator and sign structure used to fill this void. As part of the on-going Airport Experience renovations, crews are midway through the build-out of a permanent atrium between the ticketing level and the lower level. This will give folks a sky view of sorts from the lower level as natural light spills through the open space. The rectangular floor opening will be the perfect frame for Lambert’s LED light show, too. The skylights in the terminal domes are awash in color nightly.

Photo of the Week: F-4 Surprise

An F-4 Phantom takes off from Lambert Friday after a cross country fuel stop.

She’s an endangered species as far as war fighters go. An F-4 Phantom returned home briefly on Friday to Lambert’s airfield where McDonnell Douglas built more than 5,000 of the jets. The F4 Phantom was a critical aviation weapon beginning in the ‘60s. Today, there are fewer than 75 still flying. This jet is living its final years flying target practice missions for weapons testing at Tyndall AFB in Florida. While refueling, Boeing employees got a sneak peak at their own systems at work that enable the plane to be controlled remotely. On the side, the plane makes its round to a number of airshows. The pilot of this F4 was heading to the Sioux Falls Air Show.

Southwest Makes Move to Add New Service to Washington Reagan National DCA

The start date and schedule times are still pending, but Southwest Airlines has made a big push to bring back large jet service between Washington DCA and St. Louis starting this fall. Southwest, which bought restricted slots from another airline, will provide two daily roundtrips between DCA and STL with ticket sales expected to begin late July or August. The service is expected to begin by early October.

The specific schedule for the new flights is pending a decision by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding a request by Southwest to modify the slot times that were originally assigned to the previous carrier.

This is great news for our regular DC commuters. For some time, we've had more fliers than non-stop seats between St. Louis and Reagan National. Southwest has responded to our strong market.  It is Lambert’s largest carrier currently providing 94 daily flights to 33 destinations. Southwest will also begin two new daily non-stop flights between St. Louis and San Antonio beginning August 12.

Lambert Reopens Another Renovated Area in Terminal 1

Airport Experience renovations in the lower level  of Terminal 1 took another big step this week after a major section of the construction area was re-opened. The area surrounds the eastern set of escalators between the ticketing and lower levels near the Great American Bagel. The area is more open with higher ceilings and brighter ceilings and white walls. Work continues in the newly reopened area on circular lighting around the columns which will be a feature throughout the lower level once the Airport Experience project is completed. 


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