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September Boosts Lambert Passenger Traffic for Third Quarter of 2015

(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.

Signing Off: Lambert Photo of the Week

US Airways’ name has been removed throughout the property in preparation for completion of the merger into American Airlines on Saturday.

Airports all around the country are removing signage for US Airways, as the name is set to disappear this weekend when the merger with American Airlines is made final.  The last US Airways flight arrives in Philadelphia Saturday morning.  Lambert-St. Louis International Airport began the process of removing the airline’s signage throughout the property early in the week, when the US Airways ticket counters and gate areas in Terminal 1 were rebranded for American Airlines.  Both USAirways.com and AA.com have a large “Becoming One Airline” front page section with helpful information for travelers adjusting to the transition. The merger now makes American the world’s largest airline.

Go Cards: Lambert Photo of the Week

Lambert Public Relations Manager, Jeff Lea, shows off the new STL trading card at the ACI-NA Conference in Long Beach CA.

Although we are certainly rooting for the Cardinals as Red October begins in St. Louis, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has another set of cards to celebrate this week.  In September 2014, Lambert Airport led the campaign, and was part of the original launch of the North American Airports Collectors Series which featured trading cards from 17 airports.  On Monday, Lambert led the national debut of second edition in the series, which now has more than 60 participating airports.  Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) kicked off the second year of the program on Monday at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference.  The airport trading card series offers aviation enthusiasts a new collectible opportunity to commemorate their travels through U.S. and Canadian airports.  Lambert’s second card features an iconic image of its new copper roof on Terminal 1, which was installed in 2014. Pick up the new cards at the Airport Information Booth in Terminal 1.

Lambert Unveils 2nd Collectible Card in Airport Trading Card Program

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.

The Art of Party: Lambert Photo of the Week

The Copper Collection selling fast at the 5th Annual Art of Travel.

On Thursday, Concourse B was transformed into a moonlit Paris streetscape for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s 5th annual Art of Travel.  Guests were treated to a grand, red carpet entrance into the one-of-a-kind venue.  The glimmer of dozens of candles, the warm glow of street lamps, the delicate aroma from lavender bouquets, and live music from a six-piece band set the perfect mood.  Expert chefs with HMS Host flew in from all over the country to fill seven chef tables with the finest French cuisine. Guests could even sample Absinthe, authentically prepared from a French fountain, and pick blooms from a Parisian flower cart. The highlight of the evening was debuting the Art of Travel Copper Collection; jewelry crafted by local metalsmiths from Lambert’s historic original roof.  Of all the wonderful elements to the evening, and there were many- the best part is how it will benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program. See you next year! 

Above and Beyond: Lambert Photo of the Week


The Art of Travel Copper Collection on display for the first time Thursday, at a sneak-preview event at the Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design.

Millions of memories have been made under Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s space-age, sweeping domes.  An infinite number of emotions have been felt in the passageways that lead to new adventures. The copper above, that weathered 60 years of history atop Lambert’s iconic Terminal 1 roof, has unknowingly been a subtle constant in our lives, our families, and generations before.  The Art of Travel Copper Collection has been crafted by four local artists from remnants of the original copper roof, which was replaced in 2014.  Their creativity took flight into the array of beautiful new designs; pieces that are sure to develop an entirely new legacy of their own.  The collection is exclusively available at the Art of Travel event on October 1.  For tickets and info, please visit www.ArtofTravelSTL.com 

Jewelry Made from Airport’s Copper Roof Makes Debut Thursday, Sept. 24

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.

At the sneak preview event, the artists will be on hand to talk about the exclusive jewelry collection. 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

Happy Housekeepers: Lambert Photo of the Week


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.

Lambert to Conduct Annual Live Fire and Rescue Training This 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. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires annual aircraft rescue and firefighting training with live fires for airport emergency response personnel.

Somber Skies: Lambert Photo of the Week

The skies in STL today reflected a seemingly somber remembrance of past events.

Fourteen years ago today the skies above Lambert, and the nation, stood still.  Following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, every plane in the country was grounded by government order, and every aircraft above U.S. airspace had to land.  Planes were diverted to the nearest airport within 100 miles, and airports had to navigate where to park all of these unexpected arrivals.  The former Deputy Director of Operations and Maintenance at Lambert described the scene as simply, “Planes everywhere.”  9/11, and the days following, were likely the most quiet the skies will ever be in our lifetime.  STL was the first airport in the nation permitted to reopen airspace and resume air travel following 9/11.  Friday the flags in front of Lambert flew at half-staff, and at 7:45 a.m., TSA issued a reverent message throughout the airport and called for a moment of silence.  The TSA was created by the U.S. government as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks.  

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