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Lambert Photo of the Week: Travel No Nos

Just a small sample of dangerous tools and weapons that are banned from being carried on to planes by passengers.

Hairspray. Drill bits. Tin metal sheers. Baseball bats. Hammers. Cordless Drills. These are just a fraction of items that are banned from carry-ons on airplanes these days. Yet, they’re all items that have been found on passengers at Lambert and ultimately confiscated in the name of aviation safety. More obvious weapons like guns, knives and brass nuckles have also been confiscated at Lambert and other airports nationwide. The TSA put the items on display this week for a news conference on the upcoming holiday travel season. Lambert, the TSA and our airlines shared information and tips to help the public prepare for security measures, longer lines and more people through the Thanksgiving weekend.

Lambert Prepares for a busy holiday travel season

Lambert- St. Louis International Airport is gearing up for a busy holiday travel season continuing the trend of passenger growth seen throughout the year.  Lambert, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Airlines are expecting to see a steady increase of passengers for the Thanksgiving holiday which will begin Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 25. The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving.  Lambert expects to see a 10-15 percent daily increase in passengers starting Friday, November 16 compared to an average travel day.  Lambert, TSA and Airline officials offered a number of travel tips to make it easier for passengers during the busy travel season. ·         Arrive 90 minutes-2 hours maximum ahead of a scheduled flight. ·         TSA Pre✓™ is available with American Airlines. ·  ... Read the rest of entry »

Lambert Photo of the Week: Airfield Animal

Jake, a White-Tailed Deer, overlooks Lambert’s Airfield this week from the tail of a Frontier Airlines Airbus A319.

Lambert’s airfield is no safe place for animals, unless you’re talking about a certain clan of tail-hogging creatures who fly high for Frontier Airlines. Frontier has a whole fleet of animals in flight- more than 60 in fact. Frontier calls them spokesanimals with names like Larry the Lynx, Foxy the Fox, Grizwald the Bear and Jack the Rabbit. And who is that above? That’s Jake the White-Tailed Deer roaming a different field of sorts. The plane animals can also talk...at least in their very popular commercials. Check it out at flyfrontier.com.

Lambert Upgrading Terminal 1 Entrances Following Tornado

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is beginning a project to overhaul two major entrances to Terminal 1. Damage from the April 22, 2011 tornado created an opportunity to redesign the terminal’s lower level entrances which will better enhance Lambert’s historic architecture. Lambert is building sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways with generous support from Eastman Chemical Company, as well as insurance proceeds. The glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathway for the public to and from the lower level Bag Claim. Eastman’s Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers bring safety, security and UV protection to the laminated glass. LLumar® decorative window films provide a distinct design pattern to the enclosed walkways. The project will be completed in the spring of 2013.  

“When the tornados hit our region last spring, we knew we wanted to bring increased safety to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,” said Eric Nichols, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s advanced interlayers product lines. “Saflex® PVB interlayers for laminated glass and Eastman’s performance films’ Llumar® post applied decorative window films bring both safety and UV protection to the pedestrian walkway project at the main terminal.  Our products are used in airport applications around the world, and we are happy these products will welcome visitors to the St. Louis region through our “gateway,” Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.”

Eastman’s Saflex® interlayers were also used in the replacement glass for the Terminal 1 vaulted curtain walls on the upper level, which were also heavily damaged during the 2011 tornado.  The Terminal Entrances Project was designed by exp. US Services. C. Rallo Contracting is the prime contractor for the project.  

The Terminal Entrances reconstruction is part of the overall tornado restoration campaign by the Airport totaling approximately $22 million. The Airport is also in the final months of its $70 million Airport Experience Program, which will be the largest interior renovation of Terminal 1 (built1956) and its concourses when it’s completed in 2013. Improvements include renovated restrooms, higher ceilings, new lighting, new interior wall and flooring surfaces, new wayfinding signage and digital directories.

Lambert Photo of the Week: Waiting Game

Seven-year-old Lydia Robertson and her 10-year old brother,Samuel, take on a game of chess while their parents keep a look out for family arriving at Lambert on Friday.

Waiting games are a part of life at airports. At Lambert, it’s a different waiting game that greets folks who purposely intend to wait it out when it comes to greeting passengers as soon as they exit the terminal. Lambert holds the exclusive distinction (we think) of being the only airport to offer chess, free to the public. It’s part of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s exhibit Chess Inspires... at the Meeting Place Gallery, which overlooks the exit from the C Concourse Checkpoint. We found Lydia and Samuel Robertson of Jefferson City grinning out a quick game as they waited with their parents for an arriving passenger this week. The exhibit and the open chess table will be on display through December.

Photo of the Week: Art of Fashion

Polyester, bell bottoms and wild colors made a comeback at Lambert Thursday night, all in the name of art.

The 2nd Annual Art of Travel event at Lambert turned into a hilarious clash of neon, polyester, big shades and big hair. And we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The event for the Airport’s Art & Culture Program set out to embrace everything ‘70s. More than 250 of some of Lambert’s biggest supporters adopted the challenge to "Get Groovy" for the night that featured hints of disco and the "peace era." The event honored Lambert’s newest artists whose works are now throughout the Airport while raising money to build up the program with new works in the near future.

Photo of the Week: World War II veterans fly to Washington, D. C. on the Honor Tour

World War II Veteran John Adams decides which hat to wear before boarding the Honor Tour flight at Terminal 2. 

Twenty-five World War II veterans gathered at Lambert- St. Louis International Airport to fly to Washington D. C. for the weekend thanks to the USO. Among those taking part of the yearly Honor Tour was World War II Veteran John Adams. Adams joined the Navy in 1938. Adams said he heard great things about the Honor Tour. “First class all the way,” laughed Adams. A big Cardinals fan, Adams said he usually would have on his Cardinals wear, but today he was honoring the time he served his country.

 

US Bank Celebrates Grand Reopening in Terminal 1

US Bank held a grand reopening celebration in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Wednesday, October 17. The event highlighted their new location on the lower level of Terminal 1. US Bank executives and staff were joined by Lambert Airport team and partners and customers. Read the rest of entry »

US Airways Makes Move to C Concourse on October 18

Lambert's C Concourse will welcome US Airways on Thursday October 18. The airline will move its gate operations from the A Concourse to Gates C16, 18, C24 effective with the first flights out on Thursday.

There will be no disruption of flights with the move.  The US Airways check-in process in Terminal 1 will remain the same but passengers will begin to use the C Concourse checkpoint.

“We think the US Airways move will have a significant positive impact to balance the passenger load between concourses to help reduce security checkpoint wait times on the A Concourse,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.  “Furthermore, the recently expanded C Checkpoint will easily accommodate the increased passenger demand with this change.”

US Airways is Lambert’s 4th largest airlines (6.5% market share) operating 17 flights a day to Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Phoenix.  More than 1,100 passengers fly on US Airways daily.

Lambert Opens St. Louis Brewmasters Tap Room in Terminal 2, Gate E24

The St Louis Brewmasters Tap Room in Terminal 2’s Concourse E is now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Read the rest of entry »

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