DJ Gravy (third from left) was excited to bring winners of the HOT 105.3 "Pack Your Bags" contest to St. Louis.
Grand Rapids radio DJ Gravy from Hot 105.3 and six lucky winners spent an all-inclusive weekend in St. Louis as part of a contest promoting service between St. Louis and Grand Rapids on Southwest Airlines. It was all gravy for the six lucky winners who showed up at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids with their bags, packed and ready to go Friday morning. Hot 105.3 radio DJ Gravy was broadcasting live from the airport for the "Pack Your Bags" contest. DJ Gravy drew the winner’s names at 7:30 a.m. The couples were on a Southwest Airlines flight headed to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport by 9:10 a.m. Their trip included non-stop airfare on Southwest Airlines, hotel, transportation to and from Lambert Airport, restaurant gift cards and suite tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals.
The TSA Precheck application process allows
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a
pre-enrollment process online at www.tsa.gov and visit an application center to provide
biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints,
required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation and
an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.
During the online application process, travelers
can make an appointment to visit the new Lambert TSA Precheck center to
complete the enrollment process. The center is pre-security on the upper,
ticketing level of Terminal 1, near the MetroLink station entrance. The center’s hours are Monday thru Friday from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"The new TSA Precheck application center in the St. Louis
airport is a great benefit and customer service amenity to our
passengers. They now have a convenient site to enroll in the program and
take advantage of expediting the security checkpoint process,” said Lambert
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
“This application process greatly increases the
availability of TSA Precheck benefits to a broader population of travelers both
in St. Louis and nationwide,” said Federal Security Director for the State of
Missouri Bill Switzer. “TSA Precheck is enabling us to move away from a
one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, as we look for even more
opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient
Once approved, travelers will receive a Known
Traveler Number (KTN) and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Precheck
lanes at security checkpoints at 118 participating airports and on 11 airlines
including: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines,
Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin America, Hawaiian
Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
Travelers can also enroll at non-airport TSA
Precheck Application Centers in Missouri and Illinois including locations in Chesterfield,
MO; Granite City, IL; and Effingham, IL. Additional program information and how
to enroll can be found at http://www.TSA.gov/tsa-precheck/application-program.
Students in the SIUE Suzuki Tour Program chit chat in the new ticketing level lounge of Terminal 1.
Students participating in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Suzuki program took a moment to relax and socialize as they waited for everyone in their group to check-in at Delta Airlines. The SIUE Suzuki Program is a string instruction for kids ages 3-18. All of the students play the violin or viola. This group is on their way to Europe for seven days to perform at cathedrals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The trip is not just a musical experience, but a sample of living abroad as well. In Munich, the students will meet with fellow Suzuki students. In Switzerland, they will get a glimpse of the culture by staying with host families. The Suzuki Program is celebrating fifty years at SIUE.
St. Louis Airport Commission formerly approved an agreement that will relocate
a prominent sculpture to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
The St. Louis-based Gateway
Foundation will loan Lambert the sculpture,
Chinese artist Zhu Wei (2003), for 10 years with extension options. The
sculpture will be displayed by July in the newly renovated Terminal 1 ticketing
level lounge, which features a live plant wall, a water feature and new art
display cases. The 6-ft-tall bronze
sculpture features two ancient Chinese tomb-like figures. The
sculpture was most recently installed in the Central West End neighborhood of
“The Gateway Foundation has made
a tremendous impact on the arts and culture scene across St. Louis and we’re thankful
and fortunate that Lambert is able to take advantage of this opportunity to
showcase an iconic piece of art to our millions of travelers,” said Lambert
Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The Beijing-born artist, Zhu Wei,
is well known for his ink paintings, engravings and sculpture. He established
his art studio, Zhu Wei Art Den in 1993.
His work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York,
Los Angeles, Brussels, Miami, Paris, Madrid and Chicago, among other cities.
The display of China China was endorsed by a
seven-member Arts Advisory Committee, which evaluates all major art installations
and exhibitions for the Lambert Arts and Culture Program.
Earlier this year, Metro’s Arts
in Transit completed the installation of two large ceramic tile murals near its
MetroLink station in Terminal 1. Nucleic
Life Formation was created by New York artist Amy Cheng. Nine art
glass screens were installed in Concourses A & C beginning in 2011. Also that year, the Airport installed an
intertwined steel ribbon sculpture, Sensación
de Vuelo, by Leonardo Neirman outside Terminal 2. A 41-color terrazzo floor medallion, New Village, by Alicia LaChance was
installed just beyond the C Checkpoint in 2012. On-going temporary local
exhibitions in the Terminal 1 Lambert Gallery are also part of the program.
the Gateway Foundation
in 1986, the Gateway Foundation seeks to enrich life and culture in the St.
Louis area by supporting efforts to acquire, create, or improve tangible and
durable art and urban design.
2009, the Foundation’s largest project, a two-block sculpture park called
Citygarden, opened in downtown St. Louis in the Gateway Mall. From prominent public sites downtown to
community college campuses in St. Louis County, the Foundation also has purchased
and installed more than 30 sculptures in the area.
Additionally, the Foundation has
arranged for and funded the lighting of the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse,
the Civil Courts Building, the City’s three landmark Water Towers, and other
prominent structures, and has funded the building and maintenance of several
city playgrounds and parks. More
information is available at gateway-foundation.org and citygardenstl.org.
Passengers wait in line for the next seats available at the new Mike Shannon’s Grill which opened this week.
Mike Shannon’s Grill opened this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in the A Concourse and it’s proving to be a hot ticket. "On deck" lines have been the norm at the new restaurant after just a few days in business. The restaurant brings big bat recognition to the plate as it’s the third Mike Shannon’s restaurant in St. Louis. The signature Mike Shannon’s near Busch Stadium has been a fan favorite for 25 years because of its great steaks and seafood as well as its stunning collection of Cardinals and baseball memorabilia. The airport location features highlights from that menu plus its own worthy collection of sports mementos such as baseballs, bats, jerseys and more.
Famous for steaks and St. Louis
sports, Mike Shannon’s Grill is now open at Lambert-St. Louis International
Airport. The new restaurant and bar, on
the A Concourse, is the third location for the family-owned steak and seafood
restaurant, which is named for the former St. Louis Cardinals player and the
team’s long-time radio and TV broadcaster.
“We’re very excited to open at
Lambert with our upscale-comfort cuisine that features some of our signature
steakhouse cuts and other popular menu items from our other restaurants,” said Mike
Shannon’s owner Pat Shannon-VanMatre.
Mike Shannon’s Grill is located near
Gate A12 and is operated in partnership with HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and
beverage concessionaire. The new restaurant features nearly 90 seats in the dining
and bar areas. The restaurant features dark
leather upholstered seating accented by wood finishes and rounded out with a
custom display of baseballs, bats, jerseys and other sports memorabilia.
Mike Shannon’s Grill menu items
include salads, wraps, soups and burgers.
Petite filets and strips, along with fish and chicken, round out the
meal selections on the menu. A new breakfast
menu will make its debut starting the week of June 8.
The signature Mike Shannon’s near
Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis has been an institution for 25 years
because of its menu and its stunning collection of Cardinals and baseball
memorabilia. The Airport location carries
a similar theme and variation on the menu
featured at Mike Shannon’s Grill in nearby Edwardsville, Ill.
“We hope people coming through
appreciate that St. Louis is the best baseball town in the country,” said
Louis International Airport congratulates the USO of Missouri after it was
honored for the top U.S. Airport Center-Large Division in the second annual
TellUSO Awards, which were announced in St. Petersburg, Florida.
and its airport and military base centers offer support and services to
America’s troops and their families around the world. The USO of Missouri serves as many as 12,000
service members and their families each month at the James S. McDonnell USO in
Lambert’s Terminal 1 and its satellite facility in Terminal 2. The Terminal 1
facility is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The USO of Missouri is funded solely from the
support from individuals and corporations as well as a legion of volunteers.
tribute to the volunteers for all the hard work they put in,” said David
Waltrip, the President of the Board of Directors for the USO of Missouri.
of Missouri relies on 1,200 volunteers to serve troops across the state and
those traveling through Lambert. USO of
Missouri volunteers typically log around 7,500 hours a month. Military visitors
at Lambert receive free food and drinks as well as have access to sleep areas,
computer access and entertainment.
awards are based on the feedback of thousands of troops who are surveyed about
the USO’s programs and services at centers in the U.S., Europe, Asia and
very exciting for us and our volunteers,” said Kathy O’Conner, Executive
Director of the USO of Missouri. “Our guests continually tell us we’re the best
USO they’ve been to. The award now validates what we hear every day.”
Southwest Airlines agent Meika Bowden checks in passengers and their luggage at Lambert this week.
Call it the Luggage Express. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is now operating in-line baggage systems for all passengers. The $46 million dollar baggage system was completed in the last week with the debut of the system in Terminal 2. The system made its debut in Terminal 1 earlier this spring. The system enables passengers to check in their luggage directly to the ticket agent. Since soon after 9/11, passengers have had to carry their luggage to x-ray machines after checking in. Those machines are now built into the conveyor system where security screening now takes place out of public view. It all means a more efficient check-in process for passengers before they go through security.
Memorial Day weekend kicked off the peak travel season at Lambert-St. Louis
International Airport. This summer will bring more flights, heavier passenger
loads and the debut of a new baggage system in Terminal 2.
Lambert is seeing a big boost in flights with
new destinations and more flight options for existing destinations for
travelers. Airlines will be operating
253 daily non-stop flights to 62 destinations in June, an increase of 11 daily flights
compared to May. A majority of the
additional flights are part of the seasonal boost of flights on Southwest
Airlines, which is set to have its busiest summer ever in St. Louis. Southwest
will offer more than 400,000 seats out of St. Louis in July.
In June, Frontier Airlines will debut two new
destinations from St. Louis with service to Portland, Oregon (PDX) and Trenton,
New Jersey (TTN). Frontier is also adding non-stop service to San Francisco
(SFO). American Airlines is also boosting its summer schedule with additional
daily flights to Washington Reagan National (DCA) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
are already reporting lower seat availability with the increase in demand for
tickets this summer. With the spike in the number of passenger, the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds passengers they can have a
significant impact on reducing wait times at security checkpoints. Get
the latest TSA information here.
is helping to ease congestion when it comes to checking in this summer. The new inline baggage system that made its
debut in Terminal 1 this spring is now operating in Terminal 2, which serves
Southwest Airlines and Air Tran Airways. Passengers can now hand off their luggage at
the ticket counter versus having to transport bags to multiple explosive
detection system (EDS) machines that were installed in the ticketing areas
after 9/11. A new 2,259 linear ft.
conveyor system transports the luggage from the ticket counters to the airlines,
with the bag screening machines built into the network and now out of public
The new $46 million in baggage system upgrades
in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 will improve efficiencies in screening
checked baggage and has upgraded the customer experience during the check-in
process. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is covering 90 percent of the
eligible project costs, or approximately $40 million, through grants and
funding that were announced in 2010.
Here are details on additional summer flight activity from Lambert:
June 5: American Airlines adds two additional
daily non-stop flights to Washington Reagan National (DCA) for a total of 5
June 7: Southwest adds additional daily flight
to Raleigh-Durham (RDU) for total of 2 daily flights.
June 8: Southwest adds additional daily
flights to Boston (BOS) for total of 3 daily flights, Denver (DEN) for total of
4 daily flights, Los Angeles (LAX) for total 3 daily flights, Oklahoma City
(OKC) for total of 2 daily flights and Seattle (SEA) for one daily flight.
June 9: Southwest adds additional daily flight
to Chicago Midway (MDW) for total of 10 daily flights.
June 11: American Airlines adds an additional
daily non-stop to Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
for total of 9 daily flights.
June 13: Frontier Airlines begins service to
San Francisco, CA (SFO) and Trenton, NJ (TTN) - new non-stop destination from
June 15: Frontier Airlines will begin service
to Portland, OR (PDX) - new non-stop destination from Lambert.
Andrew Schaub, 4, is ready for takeoff in the new St. Louis International Play Port on the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Parents waiting for a flight on the C Concourse may have a slight problem pulling the kiddies away from the new St. Louis International Play Port. The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum unveiled the 1,500 sq. ft. play area at Gate C2. The Play Port is interactive and includes a kid-sized plane; an air traffic control tower with a slide; car rental counters; a luggage conveyor belt and airport secreening area; and a mock x-ray machine. It’s a great area for children to explore other methods of transportation. Andrew Schaub, 4, is in the driver’s seat of the Play Port’s kids version of a MetroLink light rail train. Schaub seemed to know all the right buttons to push. The MetroLink is a popular mode of transportation to and from Lambert Airport for passengers and employees.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.