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Lambert Congratulates AMAC for Successful Airport Business Diversity Conference

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was in the national spotlight over the last several days as the host sponsor for the 28th Annual AMAC Business Diversity Conference in downtown St. Louis. Lambert helped welcome about 1, 000 business professionals to St. Louis to network and connect with potential business partners in the aviation industry. AMAC promotes and assists minority and women-owned businesses. 

Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge served on several panels throughout the conference including an Airport Director's forum.  She was also the featured speaker at the Women in Aviation breakfast where she encouraged scholarship recipients to take advantage of every opportunity to grow and strengthen their leadership skills in their young careers. 

The conference featured a Welcome to St. Louis reception for attendees who represent airports, airport businesses and small businesses from around the country. The Acting Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, also visited the St. Louis conference to address agency's on-going effort to improve opportunities for minorities and women-owned businesses on federal projects.  The former CEO of the restaurant company Baja Fresh, David Kim, was the conference keynote speaker. He encouraged business owners and leaders in the audience to follow their passions and invest in people, their employees, to grow. The final day of the Conference showcased the annual AMAC Expo which allowed companies to highlight their services.  


Photo of the Week: People to People


St. Louis and Mid-Missouri students from People to People get ready to fly out of Lambert for a trip to Europe.  

Lambert is a gateway to getaway for business and fun. For nearly 30 middle-school age St. Louis and mid-Missouri students, it’s also a getaway for a cultural exchange. The students are part of People to People, a student ambassador program that uses travel to bridge understanding and relationships between fellow students and those who live in distant destinations. The Lambert group, with their escorts, had a big send off with pictures and hugs from parents. They were then bound for the United Kingdom for a two-week adventure they’ll probably never forget.

Photo of the Week: Checkpoint Changes

The entrance the C Concourse Checkpoint is now opened up after renovations.

For months, the path to the C Concourse Checkpoint in Terminal 1 was obscured by a line of construction walls. On Friday, the walls were hauled off. The change is dramatic with higher ceilings and brighter lights. The entrance to the checkpoint is now open and inviting. It’s all part of the Airport Experience Program renovations. This is the first phase of the lower level to be substantially completed. Next week, newly renovated restrooms at the checkpoint entrance will open. And the checkpoint will get more screening equipment. When needed, the TSA will have the ability to screen passengers in eight lanes.

Lambert Records Another Surge in Spring Traffic

Passenger traffic at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport increased 4.4 percent in April marking the fourth straight month of passenger growth. Through April, Lambert is logging a 3.6 percent increase in passenger enplanements for 2012 versus the same time period in 2011.  Connecting traffic remains strong for 2012 with an increase of more than 8 percent in April and 11.6 percent for the first four months of 2012.  Nearly 509,000 passengers boarded flights from Lambert in April and 1.87 million passengers, year-to-date. 

“The numbers certainly support what we witnessed in April here at Lambert with healthy business travel as well as a strong spring leisure travel season,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’ve stayed busy through the Memorial Day holiday weekend so we have every reason to believe this positive growth trend will continue through the summer.”

In June, Lambert will operate approximately 255 daily departures to 61 non-stop destinations.  Southwest Airlines will begin service to Lambert’s newest non-stop destination, Panama City Beach, FL, on June 3.  

Photo of the Week: Summer Kickoff

Lambert passengers make their way past Delta gate A2 on the Friday before Memorial Day.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend and a heat wave are sure signs that summer has arrived in St. Louis. The kickoff to the summer travel season has been very evident throughout Lambert this week. Airline gate areas, concourses, bag claims--all seem to be bustling with a boost of passengers. If the spring is any indication, the Airport will be showing strong activity through the summer. Lambert’s first quarter passenger traffic was up 3.4 percent.

Photo of the Week: Measure Up

A carpenter with Bam Contracting measures up the framing for a new wall for Lambert’s ticket counter renovations in Terminal 1.

Behind walls, more walls are going up on the ticketing level of Terminal 1. Lambert is now in phase two of ticket counter and airline office renovations. The work is across from the recently renovated American Airlines ticket counters. Workers are currently framing and installing new heating and ventilation systems. Renovations will also include new baggage delivery systems, ticket counters, kiosks and new terrazzo flooring.

 

Photo of the Week - Bottle Break


Katie Schmitz of Boston gives her pet Pomeranian, Cricket, a bottle break during a layover at  the Pet Relief area outside Terminal 2.

There are times when a layover is greatly appreciated by our travelers, especially when flying with a four-legged companion. For Cricket, a 3-year old Pomeranian, the break brought much needed relief after a long flight from Boston in a carry-on pet carrier. Her owner, Katie Schmitz, found the Lambert’s pet relief area outside Terminal 2 Bag Claim so she could rest and her dog could work off a little built-up energy. Cricket got a well deserved bottle break, as well, to quench her thirst for the next leg of their journey. 

Photo of the Week - Stocking InMotion


Lambert has one more surprise in the wait for the newly renovated and restored C Concourse. InMotion Entertainment missed out on all the reopening festivities one month ago.  Employees were busy Friday stocking the shelves to open by this weekend. The electronics and entertainment retail store has moved next to Gate C7 and features a new store design dressed in red and black. InMotion offers DVD’s, cameras, games, headphones and a full assortment of electronic accessories that are in high demand by travelers. InMotion also has stores in the A and E Concourses at Lambert.   

Welcome to the New flystl.com

The website and Airport renovations have the same goal, to improve the passenger experience. For many of you, that begins with checking in on the status of your flight or learning about our newest shops and dining. For our millions of visitors, our website is the portal to begin a great travel experience once they’ve landed. It’s about finding a car rental, a taxi cab or shuttle to their destination, finding a hotel, or learning about the great attractions in the St. Louis region.

You can find all that information and more on the new website, but it’s now easier to navigate. The front page has been strategically designed to put more of the most requested and needed information like Flight Information, Airport Parking and a comprehensive Airport Guide “up front”—which means fewer clicks to where you need to go. We’ve also upgraded some of our concourse and terminal maps to help you navigate and find our shops, restaurants and services at the Airport.  Read the rest of entry »

Photo of the Week - Robotics Unite!

The Robotics teams Expedio from Singapore and their local host team CaféBot of Webster Groves pose for a pic in Terminal 1 this week.




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