Mr. RIP gives a dog’s welcome to Fredbird and Rampage at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this week.
A furry connection was made this week when the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams mascots were let loose at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Fredbird and Rampage got lots of passenger hugs, oohs and awes and countless selfie pics as part of the Airport’s Customer Appreciation Week. But the highlight of the visit was the on-the-floor meeting with some C.H.A.M.P Assistance dogs at the USO of Missouri in Terminal 1. Mr. RIP, a longtime fixture at the USO, decided to conduct a bird breath investigation. It was all wags after the bird and dog smootch. In addition to roaming mascots (which also included Hudson’s Hudsy the News Hound and Dunkin Donuts' Big Dunkin), the Airport celebrated the week with music, giveaways and other events in honor of our passengers and customers.
Colorful scoops of sherbert and yogurt are just part of the recipe mix for Jamba Juice now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Aiport.
Scoops a plenty are dropping into colorful creations at the new Jamba Juice location at Lambert. Jamba Juice, near gate C24, is well known for its fruit smoothies and healthy juice concoctions. In fact, you can order 28 different smoothies right off the menu. If you aren’t into frozen sherbert or frozen yogurt fruit mixes, you can always flip to the veggie side of the menu. Veggie juices and wheatgrass shots can give you a healthy kick. Beyond beverage snacks, Jamba Juice also cooks up breakfast wraps. sandwiches and flatbreads.
Fruit smoothies and other specialty drinks are now flowing on the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with the opening of Jamba Juice. The new location, the third in the St. Louis area, is located near gate C24 in the concourse serving passengers for American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, US Airways, Frontier Airlines, Cape Air and Air Choice One.
In addition to smoothies and juices, Jamba Juice also offers sandwiches, mini-wraps, breakfast wraps, baked goods and snacks. This Airport store is operated by OHM Concessions, a partner with HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and beverage concessionaire.
The Jamba Juice is the latest in a string of new food and beverage options for Lambert travelers. In recent weeks, Lambert has opened Great Wraps on the C Concourse and The Pasta House, featuring Schlafly Beer, in Terminal 2.
Ramos has spent his entire career in civil engineering in the aviation facility sector managing projects in Missouri, Michigan and Florida. Prior to joining Lambert, Ramos was the Aviation Civil Engineer at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in St. Louis County from 2006 to 2014. He has also managed major runway and airfield projects at Miami International Airport and Bishop International Airport in Flint, MI.
ARFF Batallion Chief Steve Simpson monitors the Airport’s emergency response training exercise on April 19.
There was smoke, flames, makeup and fake injuries. They were all key components for a major emergency response training exercise at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on April 19. The Airport’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) are the first responders for any incident on the airfield. They are the first to take incident command. For this exercise, a mobile trainer that spits out flames was used to simulate a jet crash on Runway 11-29. The firefighters attacked the flames and then were joined by other emergency responders and Airport staff to follow through on training related to treating and transferring injured passengers. A group of volunteers doubled as the passengers and were sent to area hospitals that were also testing emergency response plans. The Federal Aviation Administration requires all commercial airports to conduct this live exercise every three years.
Severe winter weather through the first three months of 2014 impacted travel numbers for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Through the first quarter, when Lambert experienced a large number of airline cancellations due to weather across the U.S., Lambert saw a 4.4 percent drop in total passengers. The Airport recorded 2,731,968 total passengers (arriving and departing) vs 2,858,057 in the same time frame in 2013.
The number of aircraft departures dropped 7.8 percent in the first three months versus 2013, another indication of the impact of cancelled flights.
“The impact on our flight activity was not unexpected considering we just faced one of the worst winter seasons in the last two decades. And it wasn’t just here, but across the U.S.,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We certainly don’t see this as a trend that will continue because we’ve moved into the better weather seasons.”
Recent blooms frame the air traffic control tower at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
After one of the harshest winters in decades, St. Louis is finally being able to embrace a change of seasons. The debut of spring has battled the out-going winter through much of April. But in the last week, spring has begun to put on a show across the region. At Lambert, blooms are in full force as they soak in warmer temperatures. Flowering trees, bushes and plants signal the Airport’s busy summer travel season is fast approaching.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will shut down runway 11/29 on the morning of Saturday, April 19 to hold a 2-hour full scale exercise of its emergency plan involving the response to an aircraft crash.
During the training, Airport Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) will be the first responders and will attack a live fire produced from a Mobile Aircraft Trainer, a 50-ft fuselage which produces flames to simulate a fully engulfed aircraft (pictured left). The exercise begins at 10 a.m. and will be completed by 12 noon.
The aircraft firefighting trainer will be staged at the east end of Runway 11/29 as part of a mock crash site of a jet.
Airport Police, EMS, and dozens of other departments will be participating in the drill along with support from Lambert airlines and two area hospitals.
As part of the exercise, the Airport’s emergency responders will coordinate the treatment and transportation of crash victims, made up of a few dozen volunteers. Some of the volunteers will be transported to area hospitals to extend the emergency training to those facilities. Airline staff will simulate the operation of a victim support center in the Airport, which is required by the FAA during major aircraft incidents.
The full scale emergency plan exercise is required for all commercial airports by the FAA every three years.
The Pasta House Co. and Schlafly Beer are two well-known brands in St. Louis with venues at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. They have now expanded at Lambert with a combination venue in Terminal 2 that now features the best of both the Pasta House and Schlafly craft brews.
The 1,500 sq. ft. restaurant and bar is open across from Gate E4 serving passengers for Southwest Airlines and Air Tran Airways.
Passengers can find all the traditional Pasta House menu items from spaghetti, lasagna, penne primavera and pizza. Appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads and burgers are also on the menu. Customers will find the full selection of Schlafly beers at this location as well as rotating food specials inspired by Schlafly, which operates three restaurant locations in St. Louis including its venue in Concourse C. The other Pasta House location is in the lower level of Terminal 1. There are 16 company-owned and franchise-operated Pasta House Co. locations throughout St. Louis with other stores in eastern Missouri and western Kentucky.
The new venue is solely operated by St. Louis based OHM Concessions Group, LLC. OHM also operates other airport venues, including Dunkin Donuts and Great American Bagel as a sub-contractor for HMSHost, the Airport’s food and beverage concessionaire.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.