Weddings at the airport? Absolutely. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has expanded its offerings of special event, business, and private gathering spaces with sweeping views of the airfield, expert catering services, and peak amenities.
View the full list of venues, rates, and amenities here.
The newest location is Lambert’s B Concourse, which provides the perfect backdrop for large gatherings with nearly 26,000 square feet of customizable space in a pre-secure area for easy access. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow a wash of natural sunlight during the day, and at night offer a view of the airfield’s glistening lights. Some of the many B Concourse rental features include private restrooms, A/V setup, stage setup, and separate breakout rooms. Events include 5 hours of parking. The B Concourse is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the Terminal 1 parking garage, and available for weddings, business gatherings, reunions, galas, banquets, conferences, and other special events. Rental rates are $1,500 for 5 hours on weekends, and $1,300 for 5 hours on weekdays.
The Lindbergh Conference Room is also a new meeting and event facility for St. Louis business gatherings. This 1,200 square foot space is located on the pre-security upper-level of Terminal 1, and boasts beautiful views of the airfield, space for up to 200 people, and convenient access from the entire airport complex and MetroLink. The facility is fully equipped for A/V needs with wireless and overhead microphones, HDMI and VGA plugins, electric outlets imbedded into an 18-seat conference table, front projector screen with six additional monitors, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The Lindbergh Conference Room is available for $100/hour, or $600 daily. Catering is also available.
Lambert’s original event space, offered at the Missouri Vineyards and Norton conference rooms, are conveniently located pre-security on the Ticketing level of Terminal 1. Connected to the Missouri Vineyards restaurant, there are three distinct spaces for social events, small conferences or one-on-one meetings. The largest space offers elevated views of the airfield for up to 120 guests. Catering and discount parking are available. Operated by HMSHost, these areas can be rented for up to $95/hour or $500 daily.
Crew of American Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner chat underneath the plane as the sun rises at Lambert.
American Airlines is getting ready to launch their Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Lambert has been a frequent stop during this period of training, testing, and certifications for the aircraft and crew as it prepares for its grand debut. Lambert has also been preparing for the new-age of aircraft that the Dreamliner ushers in. Lambert recently rehabbed two additional gates in the C Concourse; one being specifically equipped to accommodate the 787 for both scheduled, and unscheduled flights. This is the first Dreamliner for American Airlines, who begins passenger service in May out of Dallas/Fort Worth. This aircraft seats 242 passengers and has an impressive wingspan of 200 feet. It was a real treat this week when we were invited to see the Dreamliner up-close for the first time Monday morning and take photographs.
Ribbon cutting for the first Southwest Airlines' flight out of Lambert-St. Louis. (upper left) Southwest's 30th birthday party celebration. (upper right) Southwest airliner arriving this morning at Lambert. (bottom)
Southwest celebrates 30 years after it began service at Lambert on St. Patrick's Day in 1985. Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines, was joined by several St. Louis area leaders for an inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony at their single gate. Southwest's initial service out of St. Louis consisted of 19 flights a day to Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, and New Orleans. Over the past 30 years, Southwest Airlines has become Lambert's biggest airline, operating nearly 100 flights a day to 36 destinations.
Southwest Airlines' St. Louis team celebrated by having a 30th birthday party today at Lambert, as shown in the top right photo. Employees enjoyed food, beverages, small carnival games, and a huge celebratory custom cake.
Lambert Airfield Maintenance repaints an airfield roadway sign in the warm weather.
We got a taste of spring weather in STL this week, and it felt amazing! Our Airfield Maintenance crews wasted no time in starting projects that were held-off by the winter weather. On Thursday, we caught Airfield Maintenance repainting one of Lambert’s airfield vehicle roadway stop signs using a special sprayer. This type of roadway marking is not intended for aircraft, but for the many other automobiles that traverse the airfield. Signage in high frequency areas like these are to encourage vehicle safety and alertness while maneuvering around aircraft, and each other. The location of this project was just outside of the A Concourse.
American Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at Lambert Airport in view of Terminal 1.
We’ve had a lot of excited visitors and staff who have spotted American Airlines’ brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner making several surprise visits to Lambert this week. This is the first Dreamliner for American Airlines, and it has been making brief stops into Lambert while performing a series of test runs in preparation for its debut passenger flight on May 7 from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Chicago (ORD). This aircraft will start flying daily between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Beijing (PEK) on June 2, and begin flights between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Buenos Aires (EZE) on June 4. With a wingspan of nearly 200 feet (the length of four semi-trucks parked end-to-end), this massive 242 passenger aircraft has been quite a sight to see!
A Delta jetliner is deiced during Thursday’s winter snowfall.
Thursday morning, St. Louis was enveloped in beautiful snow flurries that lasted into the afternoon. People in the region were all bundled-up trying to stay warm and dry, and so were our planes here at Lambert! So, how DOES a giant aircraft stay warm and dry in winter weather? With a special deicing shower! To cover an entire jetliner quickly it requires 2-3 people at time, each on specialized hydraulic lifts. The spray is pressurized and heated, which causes billowing clouds of white steam as the hot spray hits the frozen air. The liquid itself is a dark orange color, which demarcates well on the aircraft. Depending on your view from the terminals, you may be able to catch a glimpse of this process next time you fly on a snowy day!
Two crew members fuel this American Eagle jet in freezing weather.
St. Louis has been extra cold and snowy this week with temperatures plummeting into the single digits. Here at Lambert we’ve got hundreds of incredible crew members who are out in the elements every day keeping our planes coming and going safely. Next time you’re flying, take a look out our terminal windows and watch these teams work. It’s fascinating! We spotted these two crew members bundled-up for the winter weather inspecting the fuel pump of an outbound American Eagle jetliner. Did you know that most passenger jets fuel-up through the wing? These under wing workers wear reflective gear and vivid, fluorescent vests to remain highly visible in varying weather conditions. We’ve got some great people taking care of our thousands of travelers each day, and whatever the weather, these crews are having a great time doing what they love.
Brenda Jones (center) accepting her Catch Us Giving prize of two airline tickets. With Michelle Hagan (left) and Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge (right).
We have thousands of team members who give their all every day to provide our guests with the very best Lambert experience. Each year, the public has the opportunity to nominate Lambert employees for the annual Catch Us Giving Awards for exceptional customer service. This week, Brenda Jones of HMSHost won two free airline tickets, presented by Air Choice One representative Michelle Hagan, and Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. We just love how excited Brenda was to win! And she deserved it. Have YOU had an awesome customer service experience here at Lambert? Tell us! Just fill out a Catch Us Giving comment card located throughout the terminals.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recognized its customer service Ambassador of the Year and honored dozens of other employees who have been “caught” giving great customer service in 2014.
The Ambassador of the Year is Dorothy Lathrop, a Supervisor Transportation Security Officer (STSO) for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). She was a Catch Us Giving winner in August after helping to locate several soldiers in the C Concourse who were about to miss their bus to Fort Leonard Wood. Once she found them in the concourse, she urged them to leave immediately to make the bus so they could avoid any risk of discipline. In the end, she also covered their restaurant tabs totaling more than $70.
“Dorothy demonstrated empathy and went well beyond her scope of work to help out these young men who, no doubt, were grateful for her kindness and concern,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We have many other airport employees who make a daily commitment to excellent customer service for our passengers which builds a positive and lasting impression for Lambert and the St. Louis region.”
“I sincerely applaud Dorothy’s generous act of taking care of our servicemen,” said Bill Switzer, Federal Security Director for Missouri. “Her very thoughtful and sincere actions were in keeping with her convictions of always doing the right thing.”
The Catch Us Giving Annual Awards Celebration honored all the customer service nominees for 2014. More than 170 employees of Lambert and its Airport partners, tenants and airlines received nominations.
Employees are nominated, or “caught,” by customers, colleagues or their supervisors for superior customer service moments. Lambert received more than 500 Catch Us Giving nominations in 2014. The Catch Us Giving Committee, consisting of representatives from major Lambert tenants, airlines and service providers, elects two monthly winners, who are then eligible for the Ambassador of the Year award.
Brothers Ashton and Aiden are glued to the window watching planes come and go at Lambert on Friday.
It’s become a cliche kind of pic, a child glued to the window watching planes come and go. Now double that and you have the scene in Terminal 2 on Friday when 16-month-old Ashton and his 4-year old brother, Aiden, were watching all the fun stuff on the ramp at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Both were wowed by the small planes and the big planes. Aiden just wanted to see if his plane was the one landing. They were headed to San Francisco with their family on Southwest Airlines. We love it when we see others take in the the wonder of aiports and flying. If it means we need a little extra window cleaner, all the better. We know in th end, its left a great impression. For years to come.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.