(Oct. 22, 2015 - St. Louis) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport saw a strong month of passenger traffic in September with an increase in passenger enplanements of 4.1 percent over the same time period a year ago (521,851 vs 510,709). The boost helped increase 2015’s third quarter enplanements by 3.1 percent. Year-to-date through September, Lambert has boarded 4.75 million passengers compared to 4.67 million a year ago for a 1.7 percent increase.
Check out the latest year-to-date statistics here.
Just prior to the third quarter, Lambert added new non-stop destinations to Austin, TX (Southwest), Portland, OR (Alaska) and Jackson, TN (Air Choice One). Additional service to Seattle, WA on Alaska Airlines also carried through the summer months in 2015.
On November 22, Southwest will launch daily Boeing 737 service to John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), which will provide a second airport option in the Los Angeles market. In early January, Southwest will launch two daily non-stops to Little Rock, AR (LIT).
Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier at Lambert, with a 53 percent market share through September 2015. American Airlines is second in market share in St. Louis with 20 percent. Delta is third with 13 percent. Lambert served 12.4 million passengers in 2014 with more than 250 daily departures to 67 non-stop destinations during the peak travel season.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has unveiled its second airport trading card in the North American Airports Collectors Series, which now has more than 60 airports in the program. Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) kicked off the second year of the program at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference in Long Beach, California this week.
The airport trading card series offers aviation enthusiasts a new collectible opportunity to commemorate their travels through U.S. and Canadian airports. Lambert led the campaign and was part of the original launch of the series which featured trading cards from 17 airports in September 2014. Lambert’s second card features an iconic image of its new copper roof on Terminal 1, which was installed in 2014.
“The trading cards have been a fantastic way to connect with our travelers, our region and the aviation community to share our unique story,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The trading cards feature the most recognizable images from some of busiest airports in the world to smaller regional airports in North America. Each card offers geographic information, facts, figures and historical information unique to each airport. The trading cards are free. Lambert’s 2nd trading card is now available at the information booth in Terminal 1 bag claim.
The program features an updated website to showcase all of the trading cards in the program on an interactive map. To learn more about the North American Airport Trading Cards, visit www.airporttradingcards.com. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter with #airportcards.
When: Thursday, September 24; 5-8 p.m.
Where: Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design
6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
*Parking in rear of building. Turn south on Leland Ave or Kingsland Ave off of Delmar to access parking lot
Who: Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Metalsmiths and Jewelers: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker.
What: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will unveil its Art of Travel custom jewelry Copper Collection at a free sneak preview event at the Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design. The event will showcase more than 75 pieces of jewelry by local St. Louis metalsmiths who handcrafted their works from reclaimed copper remnants from the Airport’s original Terminal 1 roof.
The jewelry will be sold one week later at the Airport’s 5th annual Art of Travel event on Oct. 1 in the B Concourse in Terminal 1 at Lambert. The Art of Travel is the primary fundraiser for the Lambert Art and Culture Program. Tickets are $75 in advance online through www.artoftravelstl.com. In addition to exclusive opportunity to buy the copper jewelry, the tickets include food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and free parking.
Some of Lambert’s Housekeepers pose for International Housekeepers Appreciation Week.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport showed some extra appreciation to our team members in celebration of International Housekeepers Week (IHW). According to the International Executive Housekeepers Association, IHW “recognizes the professionals who maintain a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for us all each and every day,” and has been celebrated since 1981. Lambert’s 39 housekeepers work around the clock to tend to the terminal corridors, restrooms, and outer buildings. They celebrated all week long by wearing STL T-shirts and enjoyed a potluck lunch mid-week.
St. Louis Airport Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) will participate in a live-burn simulation as part of a three-day training exercise this week, September 16-18, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The training will take place on a parking lot within the Airport’s secured airfield off of Navaid Road between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day.
The training exercise uses a Mobile Aircraft Trainer, a 50 foot fuselage capable of producing simulated fires including a fully engulfed aircraft. The mobile trainer is provided by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, which conducts more than a dozen firefighting courses annually across the country.
After rave reviews a year ago, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is once again featuring a premier food experience for its 5th annual Art of Travel event which supports the Lambert Art and Culture Program.
More than 400 guests will experience an in-depth French menu prepared on-site by a team of chefs who will fly-in for the October 1 event. The Art of Travel menu features six chef stations. At the Poissonerie station, chefs will prepare Grouper Provencal with a tomato-caper relish. The Charcuterie station will feature lamb rillete. The Creperie station will feature both the savory and the sweet: chicken mushroom crepes and baked apple tarte. At the bistro station, guests can dine on steak frites and a dijon-thyme prime rib. Ménage Foie and shaved duck prosciutto are highlights of another chef station. It’s all rounded off with the Patisserie station featuring sweet French éclairs. See the full menu here.
The chefs appear courtesy of global restaurateur HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and beverage concessionaire and a world leader in travel dining. The culinary team includes executive chefs from HMSHost’s operations at Airports in Chicago, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale and St. Louis. The team is headed by Jeff Steelman, Vice President of Culinary Operations and Patrick Malone, Director of Culinary Standards.
HMSHost also provides custom catering for the Airport’s event spaces including Missouri Vineyards, the Lindbergh Conference Room and the 25,000 sq. ft. B Concourse, where the Art of Travel is being held. Live music by Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band, and a silent auction of travel and art experience packages.
The Art of Travel menu will also feature a signature French drink along with beer and wine for all guests. The event runs 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Parking is free for all guests. Tickets can be purchased online through www.artoftravelstl.com.
Another highlight for this year’s event is the exclusive sale of 75 pieces of jewelry, hand crafted from reclaimed copper from the Airport’s original Terminal 1 roof. The Airport commissioned four St. Louis area artists to create the Art of Travel Copper Collection: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker. Check out the latest pictures and videos of the artists’ work at www.artoftravelstl.com.
The Art of Travel will present live music by Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band. Guests can also bid on a silent auction of travel and art experience packages. The Chairs of the 5th Annual Art of Travel are Susan Barrett, Kelly Peck and Dorte Probstein.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will unveil its Art of Travel custom jewelry Copper Collection on September 24 at the Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design. The free sneak preview event will showcase more than 75 pieces of jewelry by local St. Louis metalsmiths who are handcrafting their works from reclaimed copper remnants of the Airport’s original Terminal 1 roof.
The jewelry will be sold one week later at the Airport’s 5th annual Art of Travel event on Oct. 1. Tickets are on sale through www.artoftravelstl.com. The Airport has commissioned four St. Louis area artists to create the Art of Travel Copper Collection: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker.
The artists will be on hand to greet visitors at the sneak preview event September 24 from 5-8 p.m. at Craft Alliance’s Delmar Galleries, 6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130. Guests will also have a chance to win exclusive Art of Travel prints from the airport’s 2014 event and will receive store discounts with Art of Travel ticket purchases. Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is the official Art Partner for the 5th annual Art of Travel.
“We’ve been a long-time supporter of local artists. Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker have evolved with us not only through the shop, but with teaching and connecting with our community,” said Stephanie Kirkland, Director of Exhibitions & Artists-In-Residence Program.
Guests at the sneak preview event can submit advance bids on a few of the signature pieces of the collection. The rest of the 75-piece collection will be available for sale the night of Oct. 1 exclusively to Art of Travel attendees. The collection will feature more than 40 distinct designs for earrings, necklaces, money clips, cuff links and bracelets. Check www.artoftravelstl.com for latest pictures and videos of the artists at work on the Copper Collection.
The Art of Travel is the Airport’s signature social event that supports the Lambert Art & Culture Program and the mission to expand permanent installations and temporary exhibits. The Art of Travel event on October 1 will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Terminal 1’s Concourse B.
In addition to the custom jewelry, the 5th annual Art of Travel will feature the return of premier chef tables with a touch of gourmet French fare by HMSHost, signature Art of Travel cocktails, live music featuring Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band, and a silent auction of travel and art experience packages.
The Chairs of the 5th Annual Art of Travel are Susan Barrett, Kelly Peck and Dorte Probstein.
Airport Revenue News has announced that Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, is its Director of the Year in the medium airports category.
“ARN is proud to choose Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge for this award," says Ramon Lo, publisher of ARN. "Rhonda has led the airport through tornado damage and reductions in air service to a point where STL is now poised to take the next step."
Airport Revenue News (ARN) is a monthly magazine and multi-channel media outlet that covers the business of airports including retail, food and beverage, development and other passenger services. ARN said its choice for Hamm-Niebruegge as director of the year was based on her extensive career in the aviation industry and the many achievements she’s had in her five-year tenure with the airport including gains in air service that followed the drastic reduction in flights. ARN also cited the recent completion of Lambert’s Airport Experience renovation program that modernized Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C. Earlier this year, Lambert announced a five-year strategic plan aimed at further increasing air service, strengthening the airport’s financial standing, growing cargo revenues and more. Hamm-Niebruegge co-chairs the Airport Council International-North America's medium-hub airports committee and sits on the U.S. Government Affairs Committee.
“I’m honored to be chosen for this recognition among a field of so many accomplished airport directors who are all making great strides to navigate and excel in an ever-changing industry,” says Hamm-Niebruegge. “This honor really speaks to the excellence and dedication of our entire STL team, which has overcome many unique challenges in St. Louis, with the end goal of transforming Lambert into a more vibrant regional asset by creating new opportunities to grow air service, foster economic development and sustain a welcoming experience for all of our visitors, passengers and customers.”
Lambert is the largest medium hub airport in the U.S. with 6.1 million enplanements (boardings) in 2014 according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest passenger statistics. There are 31 medium hub airports. The smallest medium hub airport in 2014 was Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA with 1.9 million boardings.
Hamm-Niebruegge will be interviewed in and featured on the cover of ARN’s November issue. She will be presented this award at the ARN Awards Show on the final night of the ARN 2016 Revenue Conference & Exhibition in Dallas.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has unveiled a new art exhibit with the debut of The Sheldon Art Galleries’ Wonderful Winds: Musical Instruments from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, which runs now through December 13, 2015 at the Lambert Gallery. An opening celebration will be held on Thursday, August 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1, featuring music by Samba Bom.
The exhibit features a selection of beautiful and exotic wind instruments from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central and North America, which are a part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, a major donation of over 2,500 historic and contemporary world musical instruments made to the Sheldon Art Galleries in 2014 by Dr. Aurelia and Jeff Hartenberger and their family members.
Inspired by the growing interest in world music, aided by the ease of world travel and communication, the exhibit includes a figural Mpiru tribal flute of the Bwa culture of Burkina Faso, a beautifully carved janus head divination whistle from the Sundi People of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spectacular jeweled conch shell trumpet from Tibet, and a sheng (or mouth) organ from China made of bamboo. It also features are a flute in the shape of a crocodile which represents the spirit Nashut from Papua New Guinea, and a “Bull Roarer” from the Asmat People from the Region of Irian Jaya, Papua Province, Indonesia.
Several pieces in the exhibit represent Latin American countries, including a double-chamber water flute from Peru, and a Mayan whistle from 500 to 800 B.C.E. Also on view will be a selection of European folk instruments like a German button accordion, a pair of early crumhorns, a dvojnice whistle-flute from Bosnia and a kaval flute from Bulgaria.
Our nation’s military is also honored with a display of historic musical instruments dating from the Civil War, World War I and World War II. These include a Civil War clairon bugle and fife, a “triple twist” bugle from World War I and a U.S. Regulation field trumpet (bugle), used by the U.S. Army Cavalry in World War II.
The exhibition is guest curated and text panels are written by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger. The exhibition is organized by The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri. Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council. Exhibits at the Lambert Gallery are selected by the Airport’s seven-member Art Advisory Committee. It features works from local and regional arts organizations. Previous exhibitors include the Missouri Fiber Artists, Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, Missouri State Museum, Foundry Art Centre, Craft Alliance and the Griot Museum of Black History.
To see more of the Hartenberger World Music Collection and other exhibits of fine art and architecture, visit The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63108. More information at www.TheSheldon.org. The instrument collection can also be searched online at www.hwmconline.com.
Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Support is provided by the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has promoted Ron Stella and Antonio Strong to the Airport’s 4-member senior executive team. Stella is now the Deputy Director of Operations & Maintenance. Strong is now the Deputy Director of Finance & Administration. They will join Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Airport Director, and Jerry Beckmann, Deputy Director of Planning & Development, on the senior executive team.
Ron Stella was promoted from the Assistant Director of Operations & Maintenance, a position he’s held since November 2014. As Deputy Director, Stella will supervise multiple operating departments, including Airfield and Grounds Maintenance, the Airport Operations (Communications) Center, Airport Building Maintenance, Airport and Airfield Electrical Maintenance, Security Operations, Housekeeping, Radio Systems, and Emergency Planning. Stella also manages compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport operations regulations and standards.
Prior to joining Lambert, Stella was the former Assistant Vice President of Operations and Facilities at T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He’s also held management positions at Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) in Massachusetts.
Antonio Strong was promoted from the Assistant Director of Finance & Accounting, a position he’s held since November 2014. As Deputy Director, he will supervise the departments of Finance & Accounting, Properties Department and the Business Diversity Development Office. The key business and financial operations under his leadership will be strategic financial planning, budgeting and controls, airport grant management, airline rates and charges, airline relations, concessions and service contracts, as well as M/W/DBE certification and compliance programs, which promote business opportunities for disadvantaged, minority and women businesses for Airport and other St. Louis City departments.
Prior to joining Lambert, Strong was Financial Analyst III (Iowa Finance Lead) for American Water Works Company working in St. Louis. He 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 held positions with Express Scripts, May Department Stores, Emerson Electric and Unisource Worldwide.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.