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Photo of the Week: Concrete Crush

A Frontier Airlines jet taxis behind the dusty work of a concrete breaker vehicle which is being used in rebuilding a section of Runway 12R-30L at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Rebuilding or rehabilitating taxiways and runways are a key part of maintaining a safe airfield. This summer, the major project is the replacement of approximately 3,800 ft of Runway 12R-30L, one of Lambert’s two parallel runways. Concrete breaker vehicles do most of the dirty work. The remote controlled vehicles use a guillotine-style drop hammer to crack the worn out pavement so crews can remove the concrete debris and recycle for other uses.

Photo of the Week: Sky Streaks

Two jets crossed paths over Lambert’s FAA Tower.

Contrails are the long cloud-like vapor trails that form behind aircraft as they jet across the sky. On a clear blue day, like we’ve seen in recent days, its easy to see the weave of crisscrossing steaks which are made up of water vapor in the exhaust of aircraft engines. In the picture above, the paths of two jets were aligned along the same track as they flew over St. Louis. The eastbound jet’s contrail was already breaking up into whispy puffs as the westbound jet flew over Lambert’s FAA’s Air Traffic Control Tower.

Terminal 1 Roadway Construction: Access Ground Transportation through Garage

Update: 2nd phase of detours for arriving passengers seeking ground transportation at Terminal 1 begins Tuesday, June 19.  Construction on the Terminal 1 Bag Claim Drive (Lower) is switching to the two north lanes which are closest to the terminal curb. All van and shuttle pick up areas will be moved to the center roadway island. No pedestrian traffic will be allowed to cross the construction areas. The public will be directed to enter the Terminal 1 Garage from the Bag Claim level (Doors 14, 15 and 16), take the elevator to the Green Level (Level 3) and then use a cross walk to access the ground transportation pickup zones along the roadway island. The detours affect pick up zones for the Terminal 2 shuttle, Super Park shuttles and off airport parking vans. Pickup for hotel and motel shuttles during the second phase of construction will remain located on the upper level of Terminal 1 at Exit 6. In addition to detour signage, the Airport will have an Information Ambassador walking throughout the bag cl ... Read the rest of entry »

Lambert Photo of the Week: Picture This!

St. Louis ArtWorks students snap pictures of a plane about to land at Lambert this week.

Pictures and more pictures were snapped this week at Lambert by a group of young artists in training. Lambert invited 17 high school and college-age students with St. Louis ArtWorks to see what life is like on a typical day at Lambert. The students captured planes taking off, baggage being loaded into planes, crews painting stripes on the airfield taxiways, restaurants in action, homecoming reunions and much more. The students will turn those pictures into sketches, paintings and other works of art for an exhibit at the Airport later this summer. The Boeing Company is sponsoring this summer art project at Lambert.

2nd Phase of Road Improvement Project Requires Different Routes for Shuttles and Pickups

A new phase of detours will begin Monday, June 18 in Terminal 1 for arriving passengers seeking ground transportation shuttles.  Construction on the Terminal 1 Bag Claim Drive (Lower) is switching to the two north lanes which are closest to the terminal curb. All van and shuttle pick up areas will be moved to the center roadway island.  No pedestrian traffic will be allowed to cross the construction areas. The public will be directed to enter the Terminal 1 Garage  from the Bag Claim level (Doors 14, 15 and 16), take the elevator to the Green Level (Level 3) and then use a cross walk to access the ground transportation pickup zones along the roadway island.  The detours affect pick up zones for the Terminal 2 shuttle, Super Park shuttles and off airport parking vans. Pickup for hotel and motel shuttles during the second phase of construction will remain located on the upper level of Terminal 1 at Exit 6.  In addition to detour signage, the Airport will have an Information Ambassador ... Read the rest of entry »

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.

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