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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.

Power Restored at 5 p.m. Sunday

5:15 p.m. update:

Ameren Missouri restored full power to Terminal 1 approximately 5 p.m. today. A blown transformer caused a power outage at 11:15 affecting airlines and airport operations in Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C.

Emergency power was utilized immediately for health, safety and critical building operations. However, the outage caused issues with baggage delivery systems, airline computer stations and some gate operations.   Approximately 10 flights were cancelled because of the outage. Many more flights were delayed. Airlines were able to process ticketing and handle some gate operations, but experienced delays during the outage. The TSA performed manual baggage checks as well during the outage. The Airport and concessionaires handed out bottle water and snack to passengers throughout the afternoon.

While power is restored, there are still some systems that will take longer to reset. Operations should be back to normal after 6 p.m. tonight.

The Airport will work with Ameren in the coming days to determine what may have caused the outage.


Power Restored: Terminal 1 Power Outage Update

2:45 p.m. update:

Terminal 1 airlines continue to work through issues related to a blown transformer that created a loss of full power for Terminal 1 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

Backup generators are currently providing power to health, safety and critical building systems for Terminal 1 and Concourse A & C. Airlines are still able to operate but their ticketing, gate and baggage delivery systems are impacted. There are delays and longer than normal waits for check-in for airlines in Terminal 1. Passengers flying out Sunday afternoon should arrive earlier than normal if they have confirmed their flight status with their airline.

Concessions and other services are also impacted by the power outage.

Airport crews and Ameren immediately responded to the outage and are working to restore full power later today.

This power outage does not affect Terminal 2 or Southwest Airlines.

Beauty of St. Louis Area Architecture Emphasized in New Airport Art

Works by Prominent Architectural Photographer Ken Konchel on Display in Terminal 1

Self-described as “provocative,” images by well-known St. Louis-based photographer Ken Konchel capture unique architecture found in the St. Louis area.  A new collection of these compelling photographs are now on display in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Terminal 1. 

“St. Louis architecture forms the physical environment of our lives.  It connects us to the past, it helps define our relationships to one another, and it gives us a sense of place and identity,” said Konchel. “Most importantly, St. Louis architecture enhances our creative legacy.  Yet something so integral to the sense of who we are - something that contributes immeasurably to our quality of life - is often dismissed as mundane, taken for granted, or at worst ignored.”

Konchel hopes to raise awareness and appreciation for St. Louis architecture by presenting it as engaging, dynamic geometric arrangements.  He describes his style as interactions that remove the context and distill architecture to minimalist relationships of shape, line, pattern, detail and/or texture.

His six images capture the beauty and subtleties of the West Campus Building of Washington University (formerly a Famous-Barr Department Store), St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Priory Chapel, the former American Zinc, Lead and Smelting Company building, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist.  The large, backlit glass display windows allow admirers to view the works up-close and in detailed clarity.

The exhibit runs through May 2017, and can be viewed in Terminal 1 on the lower-level, along the passageways to and from baggage claim.

Ken Konchel’s exhibition is supported by the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which 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.; Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; and Freida L. Wheaton, Salon 53 and Founder of Alliance of Black Art Galleries.

Passenger Traffic at Lambert Peaking into Busy Summer Travel Season

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is expecting continued strong growth in passenger demand as the peak summer travel season kicks off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Lambert is on a 10 percent growth trend for 2016 in passenger enplanements.

Lambert’s airlines are responding to the strong increase in passenger activity with the introduction of more destinations, more seats and some upgrades in aircraft to certain cities through the summer.

Additional flights and bigger aircraft this summer account for 2,000 more available seats per day, which is an eight percent increase year over year. Lambert will have 255 daily departures from St. Louis beginning in June.  That’s an increase of seven flights per day versus last year.    

This year, Lambert will hit peak service to 70 non-stop destinations.  That includes new non-stop service from St. Louis to Oakland, CA (OAK) on Southwest Airlines beginning June 5. Southwest will also begin serving Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) that same day for a total of 103 daily flights this summer to 43 destinations. In addition to its new destinations beginning this June, Southwest has added six other non-stop destinations since the start of summer of 2015: Austin, TX (AUS); Orange County, CA (SNA); Little Rock, AR (LIT); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT).  Connecting passenger activity is on an 18 percent growth trend in 2016 with 92 percent of connecting passengers on Southwest.

Other destination additions since a year ago includes Alaska Airlines’ service to Portland, OR (PDX). This summer, Alaska will be expanding its second daily flight to Seattle, WA (SEA) to 7-days a week. Frontier Airlines also added three flights/week to Atlanta, GA (ATL) this spring.  American Airlines has added an additional daily flight to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) this summer. Many airlines have increased capacity to some of the key cities in their networks.

The top increases in seat capacity from St. Louis versus the summer of 2015 include Denver, CO (Den)-Frontier Airlines, Southwest, United Airlines; Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)-Southwest; Austin, TX (AUS)-Southwest; Tulsa, OK  (TUL)- Southwest; Los Angeles (LAX)-American, Southwest; Atlanta (ATL)- Delta, Frontier, Southwest; and Orlando, FL (MCO) Frontier, Southwest.

Even with additional seat capacity, many airlines are forecasting heavy passenger load factors, especially this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The airline industry is projecting a record level of airline travel this summer of 2.5 million passengers per day, an increase of 95,000 or 4 percent.

Most airlines recommend passengers arrive a minimum of 90 minutes before domestic departures; two hours before international departures.   Wait times for check-in and security will vary by airport, by checkpoint and by time of the day. Infrequent travelers, travelers with young children or passengers with large amounts of luggage may want to allow for more time to get through ticketing and checkpoints during the summer travel season.

Click here for latest TSA Travel Tips.


Bridge Restoration Project Begins May 5 on Major Airport Roadway

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is beginning a bridge restoration project that will impact a majority of drivers traveling to and from the Airport beginning this week. Starting May 5, construction begins to repair the Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) Bridge over Air Flight Drive, which is one of the major entrances to the Airport, directly south of Terminal 1. LIB is also the main roadway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.  

In the first phase lasting approximately one month, all LIB traffic approaching the bridge will be routed to the north lanes while crews begin repairs to the south side of the bridge.  The single lanes of traffic and temporary stop signs in place for the project will cause additional congestion on this roadway, especially at peak travel times. Drivers should plan on adding extra time when travelling to or from the airport during this construction.

The bridge repairs will continue in various phases through late fall of 2016. The bridge is in need of rehabilitation and maintenance due to its age. The structure was built in the 1960’s. 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.

Airport Improvements

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