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Perfect Part 139: Lambert Photo of the Week

An Airport Operations Specialist returns to his vehicle after examining a taxiway sign to ensure FAA compliance during an airfield inspection.

In order for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to operate as an airport, it requires an Airport Operating Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Airports must adhere to strict operational and safety standards established by the FAA, which vary depending on the airport size and type of flights.  For Lambert, our guidelines are found the FAA Part 139 regulations.   This week the airport celebrated receiving a perfect score on our annual Part 139 airfield safety inspection.  The weeks-long examination by the FAA revealed STL to be in complete compliance, and was awarded a prestigious medal for the high marks.  What’s more impressive?  The fact that this is the second year in a row to receive the honor.  Lambert’s Airport Operations Department performs a detailed inspection of the airfield multiple times a day to help ensure the highest level of safety and FAA regulation compliance. 

Demo Debris: Lambert Photo of the Week


Debris is loaded into a truck during the demolition of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Trademart building.

A familiar and unique airport building known as the Trademart was reduced to rubble this week as demolition began for a repurposing of the area.  The Trademart building was a recognizable structure located adjacent to Runway 11/29.  A former shopping center, the retail spaces served as extended offices for varying airport departments, which were relocated in preparation for the leveling.  Interior walls were demolished first, then work began on the exterior brick structure.  Portions of the building suitable for recycling will be sent for processing. 

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.    

Building Blocks: Lambert Photo of the Week


Artist Thomas Sleet applies epoxy while building custom structural designs for his art exhibit in the T1 Ticketing Lounge. 

The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge is a restful place nestled in the busy upper level of the airport’s most iconic building.  Between the living foliage wall and soothing color changing fountain lies a unique art exhibition space with rotating exhibits.  Thomas Sleet, a local sculptor and painter, installed his collection entitled, Studies in Topology this week.  Starting with commonly available materials, Sleet utilizes them as building blocks, stacking and arranging  them to merge organic structure with geometry.  All of the pieces he creates and assembles himself, often visualizing them on a massive, oversize scale.  His works will be on display at the airport through January 2017.  Art impacts an average of 35,000 passengers per day at Lambert, and is curated with the help of community support and the Regional Arts Commission.  Attend the Art of Travel gala on October 6 to help grow the Lambert Art and Culture Program.  Learn more at:  www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com 

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.

Golden Glimmer: Lambert Photo of the Week


Local metalsmith Roger Rimel pinches 24 carat gold dust to sprinkle and fuse atop an Art of Travel Copper Collection jewelry piece.

Tickets are now on sale for the airport’s signature event of the year, Art of Travel. Proceeds from the October 6 gala benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which enhances the visual appearance of the airport and cultural connectivity through art and exhibitions. A highlight of the event is the Copper Collection jewelry, which debuts for sale that night. Crafted from salvaged pieces of Lambert’s historic and iconic original copper roof, the legacy jewelry pieces and accessories for both men and women will be returning by popular demand.  The 2016 collection features works from renowned local metalsmiths Jennifer Walker, Peg Fetter, Roger Rimel and Leia Zumbro.  Mr. Rimel’s pieces are inspired by aerial landscapes and the textures of natural topography. Learn more at www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com 

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.

A New Direction: Lambert Photo of the Week

Crews with ATK Safety Supply lay down temporary road markings ahead of opening the T1 Departures exit lanes for two-way traffic.

There’s a whole new direction to reach the Terminal 1 Garage starting this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Bridge renovations on Lambert International Boulevard required closing some lanes of traffic, which also impacted the main entrance to the Terminal 1 Garage. The solution- a detour that re-routes garage traffic into what is normally an exit-only toll booth plaza. Crews were able to re-stripe the exit lanes of Departures Drive to allow for two-way traffic and a single lane of in-bound garage traffic into the toll plaza.  There’s still two exit lanes for those dropping off passengers or exiting the T1 Garage. Additional signs direct motorists through this detour, which should be in effect through early November. You can map out the detour in advance with this map.

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.

Something Sweet: Lambert Photo of the Week


A tiny traveler licks a giant lollipop while waiting for her flight in Terminal 2.

For many travelers, the vacation spirit starts and ends at the airport. It’s a popular time to splurge on items one might not normally indulge in, and that’s part of the travel fun.  As a parent, seeing the look on your child’s face when you surprise them by giving in to something unexpected, can be an overwhelmingly joyful feeling.  Sometimes, traveling can be stressful and those little luxury items help make it bearable for just a few more hours. Other times, certain treats or oddities can remind you of home or strike up an interesting conversation.  Whether it’s items found in stores or on menus, or in the feeling you get when viewing airport artworks, reading a good book, playing games, or people watching-  there are lots of little treats to be found and memories to be made before your wings take to the skies.  The beauty of travel is how the experience is in the journey, not once you reach your destination. And that’s pretty sweet. 

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