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Lambert Airport Rewarded for Energy Efficiency Projects

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s drive to improve energy efficiency across all networks, buildings and power systems is paying off in a big way.  Ameren Missouri presented a ceremonial check to Lambert for $490,642 at the December meeting of the St. Louis Airport Commission. The check represents nearly 30 projects that earned cash incentives over the last three years through Ameren Missouri’s BizSavers® Program.

The cash incentives are just one payback. The on-going energy savings for the Airport are another. Ameren Missouri estimates the most recent projects have saved 8.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity equal to powering 575 homes for a year. Lambert is now saving more than $40,000 per month in avoided energy costs.

Lambert implemented a facility-wide Environmental Management System (EMS) in 2012 which included an environmental and sustainable commitment to include the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects into new projects and existing operations.  Energy efficiency and conservation efforts at the Airport are guided by key strategies and goals in the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan (2013) that targets lower greenhouse emissions for the region.  

The Airport’s project list includes small to higher profile improvements, including the installation of LED lamps in terminal garages, high mast lighting on airline ramp areas, new LED lighting in numerous work areas and office spaces and the installation of occupancy sensors throughout the complex. The lighting projects were chosen based on end of life-cycle evaluations as well as the return on investment calculations for upgrading to more energy efficient products.  

The Airport continues to work with Ameren Missouri in identify more energy savings. The Airport is working on an in-depth audit by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to analyze the energy usage at multiple airport facilities.

Dawn of Flight: Lambert Photo of the Week

A Southwest Airlines’ plane breaks into the sky at dawn on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Lambert-St. Louis Airport was washed in gold thanks to a vivid rising sun on Wednesday.  Early morning travelers were treated to the majestic sight as the Airport welcomed an influx of passengers for one of the busiest travel days of the year.  In 2015, Lambert was pleased to announce great new destinations and non-stop routes to several major markets- meaning this Holiday season, travelers can reach their loved ones faster and easier.  Just in time for the Holidays, on Monday Lambert celebrated the inaugural flight of nonstop service to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. The event was complete with cupcakes, balloons, and a cake that featured two (edible!) surfers catching California waves.

Now Boarding: Lambert Photo of the Week

 

 Delta Airlines’ passengers board a full departing flight from STL Friday.

The busiest travel season of the year is now upon airports throughout the country.  Lambert- St. Louis International Airport will see a surge in holiday traffic beginning Friday, November 20 as the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush begins.  An increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic is typical at Lambert during the 10-day Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends through Monday, November 30. The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 29), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers on that day.  Load factors are projected to above 90 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert, with most flights being fully booked.  In 2015 Lambert has added four major new destinations and non-stop routes,  facilitating  travelers with even more options to quickly and conveniently reach their loved ones during this special time of year. 

Busy Thanksgiving Travel Season is Underway at Lambert

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will see a surge in holiday traffic beginning Friday, November 20 as the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush begins.  The Airport typically sees an increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic during the 10-day Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends through Monday, November 30.  

The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 29), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers on that day. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 25, is projected to be the second busiest day in this travel period.  Load factors on both of those days are projected to above 90 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert.  Many flights will be fully booked. The two lightest travel days during the week are Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and Friday, November 27.

Lambert, TSA and Airline officials offer a number of travel tips to make it easier for passengers during the busy travel season:

  •         Arrive 2 hours ahead of a scheduled flight, especially if checking-in luggage or flying international
  •         TSA Pre-Check is available at all checkpoints with participating airlines.
  •         Liquids must be in 3.4 ounce containers or less; put in a quart-size, clear, plastic zip-top bag.
  •         Do NOT wrap holiday gifts.
  •         Remember to retrieve all items from the checkpoint after they pass through the security scanners.
  •         If picking up a passenger from Lambert Airport use one of the free cell phone lots instead of the parking garages.
  •         For more information on prohibitive items, traveling with children, food and gifts, go to www.tsa.gov.
  •         Contact your airline for the latest flight information or check the status of all flights to and from Lambert here.

St. Louis Artist Pops Color and Fun Forms into Latest Lambert Exhibit

Lambert-St. Louis International welcomes the innovative works of St. Louis artist Daniel Raedeke, who has introduced a burst of color and fanciful forms into the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge with works from his sculpture series “Always Almost New.”

Raedeke has three works on display, each hand fabricated from digital designs out of polystyrene and high gloss enamel paint. The result is a spirited and colorful collection of characters, with names suggesting animated toys, and design-inspired style:  “Woggy,” “PhasO,” and “Landscapy.”

Daniel Raedeke's work explores the connections between contemporary art and commercial culture, offering commentary and critique on each. Currently living and working in St. Louis, he has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and in St. Louis.  “Always Almost New" premiered as a solo exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park in 2004. In his work, Raedeke combines his remarkable range of skills in painting, design, animation and fabrication, by painstakingly creating digitally inspired, handmade sculptures and paintings.

The exhibit, which runs through April of 2016, is showcased at Lambert with support from Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis.  The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art.

'Tis the Season: Lambert Photo of the Week


A decorator from Three French Hens adorns a Christmas tree in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Level Tuesday. 

Like the classic Christmas song goes,“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go!”  We are still a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving, but Holiday cheer and themed decorations seemed to pop up all over St. Louis this week!  Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was no exception.  In a process that takes weeks, garland, bows, wreaths, ornaments, boughs of holly and even Santa’s sleigh are beginning to make appearances on site.  The crown jewel, standing over 9 feet tall, is the glittery tree in Terminal 1.  With seemingly too many adornments to count, the installation took nearly four hours and three people to complete.  The airlines, vendors and concessionaires at the airport are also beginning to look merry and bright with their own festivities.  Even if you don’t yet see holiday decorations in all parts of the airport just yet, the waft of seasonal flavors from one of our six Starbucks coffee shops will have you holly and jolly in no time. 

Window Seat: Lambert Photo of the Week

 

A view of Lambert’s ATC Tower from the cockpit window of an XTRA Airways’ Boeing 737-800 parked outside Concourse B.

The new charter for Apple Vacations, XTRA Airways, had an introductory event at Lambert Airport this week.  Travel agents and their clients could visit sponsor booths and tour the airline’s 168-seat Boeing 737-800 jetliner.  Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is kicking off a new year of charter vacation travel with a season that will offer more flights and one of the newest of planes for trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean.  In December, XTRA Airways will begin operating solely from St. Louis, charting flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Liberia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico.    Daily, year-round service to Cancun, Mexico, operated by Frontier Airlines, rounds out the 2015-2016 schedule of vacation charter destinations.  The pilots may have the best seat in the house, but we think any seat is a great one when you’re on your way to a vacation! 

New Plane Highlights Expanded Season of Vacation Travel from Lambert

Lambert-St. Louis International is kicking off a new year of charter vacation travel with a season that will offer more flights and one of the newest of planes for trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean.

In partnership with Apple Vacations, Lambert is hosting a familiarization tour on November 2 for hundreds of travel agents and their clients to see a Boeing 737-800 from XTRA Airways, which will operate solely from St. Louis to five charter destinations beginning December 2015.  XTRA Airways will operate flights on its 168-seat 737-800 to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Liberia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico. Departure days and duration of service varies for each destination through December of 2016.   

Daily, year-round service to Cancun Mexico, operated by Frontier Airlines, rounds out the 2015-2016 schedule of vacation charter destinations.  Visit applevacations.com for the latest destination and ticket information.

“We’re excited to see a schedule that provides the highest number of seats to these exciting vacation destinations that we’ve seen in years,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.

"Apple Vacations is happy to be working with XTRA Airways for our Exclusive Vacation Flights this season from St Louis," said Tim Mullen, President of Apple Vacations. "We think XTRA Airways' exceptional service record and on-board hospitality will make Apple Vacationers extra happy en route to their vacation destination."

Based in Miami, FL, XTRA Airways has been a leading provider of safe and reliable group air charter flights operating Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-400 aircraft.  Visit xtraairways.com for more information.

Clean Sweep: Lambert Photo of the Week

A sweeper makes runs to clear debris from a newly reconstructed section of the airfield ramp.

Fall brings closure to a lot of weather-sensitive airfield projects at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. One of those was the reconstruction of the north apron at the L-pad; an area just east of Concourse C.  The pavement had reached or surpassed its designated lifespan, and this week marked the end of the final phase of the improvement project that replaced 27,000 sq. yards of concrete. Even with a new and smooth concrete finish, there's still one more job before the area can be re-opened.  A pavement sweeper is brought in to make sure the new section is debris-free and meets the same safe conditions as the rest of the airfield's runways and taxiways.  This new section of pavement is also the deicing area for Southwest Airlines.  The black and white painted sections are designated to stage deicing trucks, which could be called up for duty any day now with the first frost of winter fast approaching.

Southwest Adds Three New Destinations from St. Louis for spring 2016

Southwest Airlines is expanding its operations in St. Louis with the announcement of new non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Pittsburgh, PA (PIT), Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT) in the spring of 2016. In all, Southwest is adding eight daily departures to its late spring schedule across six destinations.  

Daily non-stop service to Pittsburgh begins March 10, 2016 and will replace service currently being offered by American Airlines (previously, US Air) until December 2015.   

Beginning April 12, 2016 Southwest will begin service to two new markets for St. Louis, with two daily flights each to Des Moines and Wichita. That same day, Southwest will begin year-round service to Seattle, WA (SEA), upgraded from seasonal service in the summer in past years. The airline is also adding a second daily flight to Tulsa, OK (TUL) as well as a second daily flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP). Tickets to all these destinations are available now on Southwest.com.

 “Southwest has continued to show its commitment to St. Louis with this announcement of new flights which really expands our connectivity across the U.S.” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.  “We quickly regain Pittsburgh service and we gain new and important Midwest markets in Des Moines and Wichita, to allow travelers to fly direct or to connect through St. Louis to every major market in the Southwest system.”

The new flights are in addition to two other new destinations announced earlier this year.  Southwest will begin a daily non-stop flight between STL and John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Los Angeles, CA on November 22. In early January, Southwest will begin daily service between STL and Little Rock, AR (LIT).

 

When the April 12 flights begin, Southwest will serve 39 destinations from St. Louis for a total of 97 daily departures. Lambert will be the 12th busiest airport in the Southwest system.

Airport Improvements

Free Cell Phone Lots

Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.

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