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 O’Hare (ORD).
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.
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
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
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 O’Hare (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
June 15: Frontier Airlines will begin service
to Portland, OR (PDX) - new non-stop destination from Lambert.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.