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Summer Shows Signs of Rebound in Lambert Passenger Activity

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is starting to see a rebound of passenger activity levels with the peak summer travel season which attributed to a more positive enplanement trend for the second quarter of 2014.

 

With the most recent statistics for June 2014, the number of commercial enplaned passengers was down .05 percent with 589,071 passengers boarding flights versus 592,192 in June of 2013.  It was the busiest month of the year so far for Lambert. The total number of departing and arriving passengers for June was 1,175, 898 versus 1,184,461 in June 2013, down 0.7 percent.  For the first six months of 2014, Lambert is down 3.7 percent in total passengers.  

 

In the first quarter, total traffic of 2.7 million passengers was down 4.4 percent, year over year, primarily attributed to winter weather cancellations. The second quarter, total traffic of 3.3 million passengers was down 3.1 percent, year over year.

 

In June, several carriers added new flights including new service from St. Louis to Portland, OR and Trenton, NJ as well as more flights to San Francisco and Washington National.

 

Through the second quarter, Southwest Airlines continues to hold the biggest market share with 50 percent of passengers served at Lambert. American holds a 15 percent market share while Delta serves nearly 14 percent of Lambert passengers.

Art, Sculpture Highlight New Lounge in Lambert’s Terminal 1

Lambert- St. Louis International Airport has transformed a vacant airline ticket counter area into a high profile lounge that includes new art, a live green wall, a water feature and a new view out of the terminal’s historic arched windows.

The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge is one of the final projects in Lambert’s extensive renovation campaign, the Airport Experience Program. The lounge space, with red leather seating, offers a respite for travelers who are going through the check-in process.

One of the new focal points for the lounge is the addition of “China China,” a 6-ft tall bronze sculpture featuring two ancient Chinese figures. The sculpture, installed earlier this month, is on loan from The Gateway Foundation of St. Louis. 

Two temporary art cases in the lounge exhibit rotating exhibits. The first works on display are from local artists Sam Stang and Michael Bauermeister. Stang, founder of Augusta Glass Studio, is exhibiting several Murrini bottles and a plate that use European glass blowing techniques. Bauermeister, who is nationally known for his wood works, is displaying a sample of his signature pieces including bowls and vessels.

The lounge has two book-end walls that also offer inspiration to travelers and visitors. A live green wall, featuring several species of plants anchors one side; the other features a cascading water wall that amplifies a LED light show. To the south, the removal of ticket counters opens up the 30-ft. high vaulted windows with a view of the entrance roadway to the terminal and a new courtyard that features teak benches and a series of planters with native Missouri birch trees.  The Airport is considering adding additional art sculptures in the courtyard to complete the exterior space.

The $70 million Airport Experience began in 2008 and resulted in the Airport’s largest interior makeover in its history, with renovations to Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C. The architect for the renovations is exp., which has offices in St. Louis. The project manager is Kwame Building Group. Projects included new or improved restrooms, an expanded Checkpoint C, terrazzo flooring in Terminal 1, new lighting, new signage and new art installations. The final Airport Experience project is the installation of a new copper roof on Terminal, 1 which is scheduled to be completed at the end of the year.

Lambert Photo of the Week: International Flair

Carlos Rebello Filho (second left) is surrounded by friends who came to wish him well before his flight at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Terminal 1.

Carlos Rebello Filho said his goodbyes to friends before his flight back home to Brazil at Lambert Airport. Carlos participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program for eleven months. The program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fairview Heights, Illinois. Carlos arrived in St. Louis in August of 2013 to experience living in America. As part of the exchange program, he met once a month with other youth rotary members. They would exchange pins, memorabilia and pendants from their countries. Carlos’ blue blazer grabs your attention because it’s filled with pins from the many Rotarians he’s met throughout the course of his visit. He was chosen for the program because he is considered a leader in his community and among his peers. Carlos attended Belleville East High School. He added his student identification badge to his blazer as one of his pieces of flair.

Copper & Blooms: Lambert Photo of the Week

Peak summer blooms flourish outside exit 5 at Terminal 1.

Colorful blooms are overflowing across the Airport as we hit the mid-point of the summer. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has an aggressive landscaping plan to beautify the entrances and public areas around the terminals. This year, Lambert added new planters between entrances 4 and 5 along Departures Drive. The planters showcase native birch trees along with bright annuals that hit their peak in the summer. This is the last summer for this unique backdrop view showcasing the aged patina of Terminal 1’s copper roof. In the coming months, crews will advance to this end of the terminal to complete the installation of new copper roofing.

Frontier Airlines Announces New Service From STL to Fort Myers

Frontier Airlines continues its recent expansion of flights from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with new service to Ft. Myers, Florida beginning Oct. 3, 2014. Frontier will operate twice-a-week non-stop service between St. Louis and Ft. Myers (Monday/Friday) on A319 aircraft.

Frontier Airlines is offering introductory one-way fares between St. Louis and Ft. Myers for $69 for tickets purchased by July 12 on flights through December 12, 2014.

This is the fifth new destination announcement by Frontier in 2014. Frontier will serve Washington Dulles International Airport three days per week beginning September 8. In the last month, Frontier began seasonal operations from St. Louis to San Francisco and Portland, OR. They began year-round service in June to Trenton, NJ. Frontier Airlines operates two gates in the C Concourse in Terminal 1. It also operates daily flights to Denver International in addition to vacation destinations in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

This summer, Lambert airlines are operating 255 daily departures to 62 non-stop destinations.

July 9, 2014-St. Louis) Frontier Airlines continues its recent expansion of flights from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with new service to Ft. Myers, Florida beginning Oct. 3, 2014. Frontier will operate twice-a-week non-stop service between St. Louis and Ft. Myers (Monday/Friday) on A319 aircraft.

Frontier Airlines is offering introductory one-way fares between St. Louis and Ft. Myers for $69 for tickets purchased by July 12 on flights through December 12, 2014.

This is the fifth new destination announcement by Frontier in 2014. Frontier will serve Washington Dulles International Airport three days per week beginning September 8. In the last month, Frontier began seasonal operations from St. Louis to San Francisco and Portland, OR. They began year-round service in June to Trenton, NJ. Frontier Airlines operates two gates in the C Concourse in Terminal 1. It also operates daily flights to Denver International in addition to vacation destinations in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

This summer, Lambert airlines are operating 255 daily departures to 62 non-stop destinations.

Cultural Lift: Lambert Photo of the Week

Crews with ACME Erectors lift sculpture China China onto its base in the new Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport got a cultural lift this week when crews installed a prominent sculpture in the new Ticketing Lounge in Terminal 1. The Gateway Foundation relocated China China to Lambert from its previous Central West End neighborhood location. Created by Chinese artist Zhu Wei in 2003, the 6-ft-tall bronze sculpture features two ancient Chinese tomb-like figures. Wei is well known for his ink paintings, engravings and sculpture with works exhibited in major cities around the world. Crews had to erect scaffolding to hoist the figures on to the base before placing the sculpture in its final location. It stands prominently next to two other art cases and new seating for passengers.

Lambert Photo of the Week: Shine- N- Light

Construction crews have begun putting down terrazzo flooring in the place of the old TSA CTX scanning machines in Terminal 1.

The passenger experience continues to get brighter. Construction crews have begun putting down the shiny, new terrazzo flooring in the place of the old TSA CTX scanning machines. Passengers who are checking their luggage no longer have to drag it over to TSA agents waiting by the scanning machines. As part of the Airport Experience, the area between American Airlines and Delta Airlines will get new terrazzo flooring. Additionally, work on American Airlines and Delta Airlines ticket counters will also be completed.   A few small machines will remain in the area as backup for TSA. However, passengers will now be able to enjoy a beautiful view of Lambert’s airfield.

Lambert Photo of the Week: Winning Team

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.

 

TSA Precheck Application Center Opens at Lambert Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Lambert- St. Louis International Airport announced the opening of an application site for TSA Precheck on the ticketing level of Terminal 1. TSA Precheck is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt and to keep their laptop and a 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in their carry-on suitcase without having to remove them at the checkpoint. 

 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, valid 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 way.” 

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. 

Lambert Photo of the Week: Music Break

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.

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