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Leonardo Nierman’s Sensación de Vuelo (Flying Sensation) has been flying under St. Louis skies for one year.

There’s thousands of ways to capture the beauty of Leonardo Nierman’s sculpture, Sensación de Vuelo, all depending on the mood of the skies above. The steel ribbon sculpture - Flying Sensation- was installed outside Lambert’s Terminal 2 exactly one year ago with great fanfare. The work by the internationally recognized Mexican artist was a gift to St. Louis on behalf of the people of Mexico. It was the first major art donation to the airport in more than two decades and the first art installation outside of Lambert’s terminal since 1970.

Southwest Makes Move to Add New Service to Washington Reagan National DCA

The start date and schedule times are still pending, but Southwest Airlines has made a big push to bring back large jet service between Washington DCA and St. Louis starting this fall. Southwest, which bought restricted slots from another airline, will provide two daily roundtrips between DCA and STL with ticket sales expected to begin late July or August. The service is expected to begin by early October.

The specific schedule for the new flights is pending a decision by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding a request by Southwest to modify the slot times that were originally assigned to the previous carrier.

This is great news for our regular DC commuters. For some time, we've had more fliers than non-stop seats between St. Louis and Reagan National. Southwest has responded to our strong market.  It is Lambert’s largest carrier currently providing 94 daily flights to 33 destinations. Southwest will also begin two new daily non-stop flights between St. Louis and San Antonio beginning August 12.

Lambert Photo of the Week: Liberty

5-year old Junior Holt meets Liberty the Bald Eagle at the Lambert USO prior to a flight back home to Fairbanks, Alaska.

We celebrated our nation’s liberty this week. At Lambert, we also celebrated a surprise visit by Liberty the Bald Eagle, who is an inspirational resident of the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis. Liberty and her handler, Teri Graves, stopped by the USO in Terminal 1 for a few photos, like the one with 5 year old Junior Hold of Alaska. Liberty was rescued from the wild after being permanently injured. He’s now a feature in the Sanctuary’s far reaching Eagle educational programs. After a few photos, Liberty and his team flew from St. Louis to Kansas City for a show at the KC Riverfest.

Lambert Reopens Another Renovated Area in Terminal 1

Airport Experience renovations in the lower level  of Terminal 1 took another big step this week after a major section of the construction area was re-opened. The area surrounds the eastern set of escalators between the ticketing and lower levels near the Great American Bagel. The area is more open with higher ceilings and brighter ceilings and white walls. Work continues in the newly reopened area on circular lighting around the columns which will be a feature throughout the lower level once the Airport Experience project is completed. 

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.  


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