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Lambert Photo of the Week: Home Sweet Home

Circus Harmony members are elated to return home after spending an extra week in Israel.

Members of Circus Harmony were all smiles when they returned home to a crowded corridor of family and friends. It was a huge crowd and a warm welcome for the group who are the Circus Harmony Arches. The Arches traveled to Israel to perform as part of a program called Peace Through Pyramids. It’s a partnership Circus Harmony has established with the Galilee Circus in Israel. The groups alternate visiting each other. This year was a bit different because the Arches spent an extra week in Israel due to the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on incoming and outgoing flights to Israel. Family and friends were happy to see the students and chaperones return home safe and sound. The media was also on hand to capture this heartwarming moment.

 

New Exhibit at Lambert Highlights Airport’s Rich History in Aviation

A new exhibit at Lambert- St. Louis International Airport may bring back memories for some travelers and serve as a history lesson for others.  The new exhibit, sponsored by The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, gives passengers a glimpse of historical artifacts from Ozark Airlines, Trans World Airlines and flight instruments from the days of Lambert Field.  This abbreviated history lesson lasts as long as it takes visitors to walk by the display cases.   But many visitors can’t resist stopping to read the information about the well preserved treasures. 

The exhibit showcases important memorabilia including the uniforms and travel bags of former stewardesses and pilots from Trans World Airlines and Ozark Airlines.  Travelers will also see samples of old airline tickets from most of Lambert Airport’s current carriers.  The display cases are filled with unique items reminiscent of the early days of aviation including a TWA customer blanket, a key chain and matches from the elite TWA Ambassadors Club. The exhibit is not without military presence with an actual ejection seat from a fighter jet.  A poster of Teddy Roosevelt in an open biplane in 1910 at Kinloch Field is further proof of St. Louis’ place in aviation history. The airport’s name changed several times from Kinloch Field to Lambert Field to its current name, Lambert- St. Louis International Airport. 

Passengers wishing to learn more can visit the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum for additional aviation history.  The museum is located at the downtown St. Louis Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. 

The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum is operated by volunteers and is only open on the weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Lambert Photo of the Week: Aviation Treasures

Passengers will see TWA memorabilia in the display cases across from the baggage carousels in Terminal 1.

Passengers and visitors curious about the history of aviation can view memorabilia from the early days in a new exhibit at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The new exhibit, by The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, features aviation treasures some St. Louisans will remember. For some it was perceived as the good ole days, when Lambert Airport served as a hub for Trans World Airlines. Passengers will see well-preserved TWA blankets, key chains, playing cards and even matches from the elite Ambassadors Club. The exhibit also highlights Ozark Airlines and features the uniforms of the stewardesses and pilots. Many things have changed over the years as the exhibit shows. These days the Stewardesses are called Flight Attendants. Another noted change is Lambert Field, which is now called Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Summer Shows Signs of Rebound in Lambert Passenger Activity

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is starting to see a rebound of passenger activity levels with the peak summer travel season which attributed to a more positive enplanement trend for the second quarter of 2014.

 

With the most recent statistics for June 2014, the number of commercial enplaned passengers was down .05 percent with 589,071 passengers boarding flights versus 592,192 in June of 2013.  It was the busiest month of the year so far for Lambert. The total number of departing and arriving passengers for June was 1,175, 898 versus 1,184,461 in June 2013, down 0.7 percent.  For the first six months of 2014, Lambert is down 3.7 percent in total passengers.  

 

In the first quarter, total traffic of 2.7 million passengers was down 4.4 percent, year over year, primarily attributed to winter weather cancellations. The second quarter, total traffic of 3.3 million passengers was down 3.1 percent, year over year.

 

In June, several carriers added new flights including new service from St. Louis to Portland, OR and Trenton, NJ as well as more flights to San Francisco and Washington National.

 

Through the second quarter, Southwest Airlines continues to hold the biggest market share with 50 percent of passengers served at Lambert. American holds a 15 percent market share while Delta serves nearly 14 percent of Lambert passengers.

Art, Sculpture Highlight New Lounge in Lambert’s Terminal 1

Lambert- St. Louis International Airport has transformed a vacant airline ticket counter area into a high profile lounge that includes new art, a live green wall, a water feature and a new view out of the terminal’s historic arched windows.

The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge is one of the final projects in Lambert’s extensive renovation campaign, the Airport Experience Program. The lounge space, with red leather seating, offers a respite for travelers who are going through the check-in process.

One of the new focal points for the lounge is the addition of “China China,” a 6-ft tall bronze sculpture featuring two ancient Chinese figures. The sculpture, installed earlier this month, is on loan from The Gateway Foundation of St. Louis. 

Two temporary art cases in the lounge exhibit rotating exhibits. The first works on display are from local artists Sam Stang and Michael Bauermeister. Stang, founder of Augusta Glass Studio, is exhibiting several Murrini bottles and a plate that use European glass blowing techniques. Bauermeister, who is nationally known for his wood works, is displaying a sample of his signature pieces including bowls and vessels.

The lounge has two book-end walls that also offer inspiration to travelers and visitors. A live green wall, featuring several species of plants anchors one side; the other features a cascading water wall that amplifies a LED light show. To the south, the removal of ticket counters opens up the 30-ft. high vaulted windows with a view of the entrance roadway to the terminal and a new courtyard that features teak benches and a series of planters with native Missouri birch trees.  The Airport is considering adding additional art sculptures in the courtyard to complete the exterior space.

The $70 million Airport Experience began in 2008 and resulted in the Airport’s largest interior makeover in its history, with renovations to Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C. The architect for the renovations is exp., which has offices in St. Louis. The project manager is Kwame Building Group. Projects included new or improved restrooms, an expanded Checkpoint C, terrazzo flooring in Terminal 1, new lighting, new signage and new art installations. The final Airport Experience project is the installation of a new copper roof on Terminal, 1 which is scheduled to be completed at the end of the year.

Lambert Photo of the Week: International Flair

Carlos Rebello Filho (second left) is surrounded by friends who came to wish him well before his flight at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Terminal 1.

Carlos Rebello Filho said his goodbyes to friends before his flight back home to Brazil at Lambert Airport. Carlos participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program for eleven months. The program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fairview Heights, Illinois. Carlos arrived in St. Louis in August of 2013 to experience living in America. As part of the exchange program, he met once a month with other youth rotary members. They would exchange pins, memorabilia and pendants from their countries. Carlos’ blue blazer grabs your attention because it’s filled with pins from the many Rotarians he’s met throughout the course of his visit. He was chosen for the program because he is considered a leader in his community and among his peers. Carlos attended Belleville East High School. He added his student identification badge to his blazer as one of his pieces of flair.

Copper & Blooms: Lambert Photo of the Week

Peak summer blooms flourish outside exit 5 at Terminal 1.

Colorful blooms are overflowing across the Airport as we hit the mid-point of the summer. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has an aggressive landscaping plan to beautify the entrances and public areas around the terminals. This year, Lambert added new planters between entrances 4 and 5 along Departures Drive. The planters showcase native birch trees along with bright annuals that hit their peak in the summer. This is the last summer for this unique backdrop view showcasing the aged patina of Terminal 1’s copper roof. In the coming months, crews will advance to this end of the terminal to complete the installation of new copper roofing.

Frontier Airlines Announces New Service From STL to Fort Myers

Frontier Airlines continues its recent expansion of flights from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with new service to Ft. Myers, Florida beginning Oct. 3, 2014. Frontier will operate twice-a-week non-stop service between St. Louis and Ft. Myers (Monday/Friday) on A319 aircraft.

Frontier Airlines is offering introductory one-way fares between St. Louis and Ft. Myers for $69 for tickets purchased by July 12 on flights through December 12, 2014.

This is the fifth new destination announcement by Frontier in 2014. Frontier will serve Washington Dulles International Airport three days per week beginning September 8. In the last month, Frontier began seasonal operations from St. Louis to San Francisco and Portland, OR. They began year-round service in June to Trenton, NJ. Frontier Airlines operates two gates in the C Concourse in Terminal 1. It also operates daily flights to Denver International in addition to vacation destinations in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

This summer, Lambert airlines are operating 255 daily departures to 62 non-stop destinations.

July 9, 2014-St. Louis) Frontier Airlines continues its recent expansion of flights from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with new service to Ft. Myers, Florida beginning Oct. 3, 2014. Frontier will operate twice-a-week non-stop service between St. Louis and Ft. Myers (Monday/Friday) on A319 aircraft.

Frontier Airlines is offering introductory one-way fares between St. Louis and Ft. Myers for $69 for tickets purchased by July 12 on flights through December 12, 2014.

This is the fifth new destination announcement by Frontier in 2014. Frontier will serve Washington Dulles International Airport three days per week beginning September 8. In the last month, Frontier began seasonal operations from St. Louis to San Francisco and Portland, OR. They began year-round service in June to Trenton, NJ. Frontier Airlines operates two gates in the C Concourse in Terminal 1. It also operates daily flights to Denver International in addition to vacation destinations in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

This summer, Lambert airlines are operating 255 daily departures to 62 non-stop destinations.

Cultural Lift: Lambert Photo of the Week

Crews with ACME Erectors lift sculpture China China onto its base in the new Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport got a cultural lift this week when crews installed a prominent sculpture in the new Ticketing Lounge in Terminal 1. The Gateway Foundation relocated China China to Lambert from its previous Central West End neighborhood location. Created by Chinese artist Zhu Wei in 2003, the 6-ft-tall bronze sculpture features two ancient Chinese tomb-like figures. Wei is well known for his ink paintings, engravings and sculpture with works exhibited in major cities around the world. Crews had to erect scaffolding to hoist the figures on to the base before placing the sculpture in its final location. It stands prominently next to two other art cases and new seating for passengers.

Lambert Photo of the Week: Shine- N- Light

Construction crews have begun putting down terrazzo flooring in the place of the old TSA CTX scanning machines in Terminal 1.

The passenger experience continues to get brighter. Construction crews have begun putting down the shiny, new terrazzo flooring in the place of the old TSA CTX scanning machines. Passengers who are checking their luggage no longer have to drag it over to TSA agents waiting by the scanning machines. As part of the Airport Experience, the area between American Airlines and Delta Airlines will get new terrazzo flooring. Additionally, work on American Airlines and Delta Airlines ticket counters will also be completed.   A few small machines will remain in the area as backup for TSA. However, passengers will now be able to enjoy a beautiful view of Lambert’s airfield.

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