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Lambert Photo of the Week: Magic Train

Andrew Schaub, 4, is ready for takeoff in the new St. Louis International Play Port on the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Parents waiting for a flight on the C Concourse may have a slight problem pulling the kiddies away from the new St. Louis International Play Port. The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum unveiled the 1,500 sq. ft. play area at Gate C2. The Play Port is interactive and includes a kid-sized plane; an air traffic control tower with a slide; car rental counters; a luggage conveyor belt and airport secreening area; and a mock x-ray machine. It’s a great area for children to explore other methods of transportation. Andrew Schaub, 4, is in the driver’s seat of the Play Port’s kids version of a MetroLink light rail train. Schaub seemed to know all the right buttons to push. The MetroLink is a popular mode of transportation to and from Lambert Airport for passengers and employees.

 

The Magic House Opens New Play Area with Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has opened a transportation-themed play exhibit that will help children burn restless energy and inspire their imaginations at the same time.

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum unveiled the St. Louis International Play Port, a 1,500 sq. ft. exhibit, in the C Concourse at Gate C2.  This interactive exhibit features a mini airport where children will use their imaginations to experience what it’s like to travel these days.  The play area includes a kid-sized plane, an air traffic control tower with a slide, car rental counters, a luggage conveyor belt and an airport screening area with a pretend x-ray machine. Children can also explore other popular modes of transportation in the exhibit including a car, a truck and a van. They can also take the driver’s seat in kids-version of a MetroLink light rail train, which is a popular mode of transportation to the Airport and across the St. Louis area.  

“The Play Port is a welcome addition for the thousands of families who travel through Lambert each year,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  “We are thrilled to have partnered with The Magic House to open this unique space which will fuel the wonder of travel for children and give families a one-of-a kind activity that can only be found at Lambert.”

The Magic House’s children’s exhibit at the airport took off in large part due to the strong showing of community support for the idea through RallySTL.org, a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform where consumers submit, vote for, and help fund ideas that drive progress in greater St. Louis.

“It was gratifying to see the community rally around the idea of an interactive play and learning space at the airport, and we were honored to be asked to create it,” said Beth Fitzgerald, President of The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum.  “St. Louis is such a family-oriented city, and we wanted to design an exhibit that would make a positive first impression on families traveling through our airport.”

St. Louis attractions will be featured throughout the exhibit to help tourists and residents discover all of the family fun that St. Louis has to offer.  “We are excited to see such a creative way to share the many great things there are to do in St. Louis with travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,” said Kitty Ratcliff, President of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.  “The Magic House has long been an asset to the community, and we are excited to have their work showcased to the many travelers coming through St. Louis.”

Major donors and supporters of the exhibit include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Carr Lane Manufacturing Co., the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Bi-State Development Agency/Metro, Jane and Dave Peacock, as well as private donations generated through Rallystl.org.

Hello Frankfurt: Lambert Photo of the Week

A Lufthansa jet landed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this week on its way to Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport welcomed thousands of passengers this week who were never able to step off their planes to see our fine city. Of the nearly two dozen flights diverted to Lambert this week, most were bound for Chicago when an electrical issue temporarily shut down that region’s radar facility on May 13. Those flights resumed to Chicago after the issue was resolved. The next day, it was spring weather causing problems over Dallas-Fort Worth that forced a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany to land here. The Lufthhansa jet was an Airbus A330-300, which seats more than 300 passengers. The jet was re-fueled and back on its way to Texas after an hour or so in St. Louis.

Frontier Airlines Announces New Service to Washington Dulles International

Frontier Airlines is expanding service again in 2014 with another new destination from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  The airline announced it will begin flying non-stop service between St. Louis and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) beginning Tuesday, September 8.  St. Louis is one of 14 cities with the new service to IAD. Frontier is offering a 12-hour introductory fare sale as low as $15 each way for travel through November 19 at flyfrontier.com.

The non-stop flights from St. Louis will be operated on A319 aircraft three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  The same scheduling format is also being used on other new destinations from Lambert which were announced earlier this year. Frontier will begin service on June 13 to San Francisco (SFO) and Trenton, NJ (TTN). On June 15, Frontier will begin non-stop service to Portland, OR.

“Frontier Airlines has really stepped up with new destinations from St. Louis as well as new service that offers passengers flexible schedules with attractive and lower cost fares,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.

Frontier Airlines operates two gates in the C Concourse. It currently operates daily flights to Denver International in addition to vacation destinations in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

This summer, Lambert airlines will operate nearly 250 daily departures to 62 non-stop destinations. For latest airline information, click here.

Furry Connection: Lambert Photo of the Week

Mr. RIP gives a dog’s welcome to Fredbird and Rampage at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this week.

A furry connection was made this week when the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams mascots were let loose at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Fredbird and Rampage got lots of passenger hugs, oohs and awes and countless selfie pics as part of the Airport’s Customer Appreciation Week. But the highlight of the visit was the on-the-floor meeting with some C.H.A.M.P Assistance dogs at the USO of Missouri in Terminal 1. Mr. RIP, a longtime fixture at the USO, decided to conduct a bird breath investigation. It was all wags after the bird and dog smootch. In addition to roaming mascots (which also included Hudson’s Hudsy the News Hound and Dunkin Donuts' Big Dunkin), the Airport celebrated the week with music, giveaways and other events in honor of our passengers and customers.

Fruit Smooth: Lambert Photo of the Week

Colorful scoops of sherbert and yogurt are just part of the recipe mix for Jamba Juice now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Aiport.

Scoops a plenty are dropping into colorful creations at the new Jamba Juice location at Lambert. Jamba Juice, near gate C24, is well known for its fruit smoothies and healthy juice concoctions. In fact, you can order 28 different smoothies right off the menu. If you aren’t into frozen sherbert or frozen yogurt fruit mixes, you can always flip to the veggie side of the menu. Veggie juices and wheatgrass shots can give you a healthy kick. Beyond beverage snacks, Jamba Juice also cooks up breakfast wraps. sandwiches and flatbreads.

Lambert Celebrates Customer Appreciation Week

For the second year in a row, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will dedicate a week to saying thank you to thousands of passengers and customers. Read the rest of entry »

Lambert Gets a Jolt of Jamba Juice in the C Concourse

Fruit smoothies and other specialty drinks are now flowing on the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with the opening of Jamba Juice.  The new location, the third in the St. Louis area, is located near gate C24 in the concourse serving passengers for American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, US Airways, Frontier Airlines, Cape Air and Air Choice One.

In addition to smoothies and juices, Jamba Juice also offers sandwiches, mini-wraps, breakfast wraps, baked goods and snacks. This Airport store is operated by OHM Concessions, a partner with HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and beverage concessionaire.

The Jamba Juice is the latest in a string of new food and beverage options for Lambert travelers. In recent weeks, Lambert has opened Great Wraps on the C Concourse and The Pasta House, featuring Schlafly Beer, in Terminal 2.

Angel Ramos Now Leading Airport's Engineering & Construction Projects

Angel Ramos has joined the senior staff at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as Assistant Director of Engineering.  Ramos, who is a Professional Engineer, manages a team that oversees all design and construction programs for airfield and facility projects.

Ramos has spent his entire career in civil engineering in the aviation facility sector managing projects in Missouri, Michigan and Florida.  Prior to joining Lambert, Ramos was the Aviation Civil Engineer at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in St. Louis County from 2006 to 2014.  He has also managed major runway and airfield projects at Miami International Airport and Bishop International Airport in Flint, MI.

Ramos holds a master’s in civil engineering from Michigan State University and is currently the State Director of Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Incident Command: Lambert Photo of the Week

ARFF Batallion Chief Steve Simpson monitors the Airport’s emergency response training exercise on April 19.

There was smoke, flames, makeup and fake injuries. They were all key components for a major emergency response training exercise at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on April 19. The Airport’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) are the first responders for any incident on the airfield. They are the first to take incident command. For this exercise, a mobile trainer that spits out flames was used to simulate a jet crash on Runway 11-29. The firefighters attacked the flames and then were joined by other emergency responders and Airport staff to follow through on training related to treating and transferring injured passengers. A group of volunteers doubled as the passengers and were sent to area hospitals that were also testing emergency response plans. The Federal Aviation Administration requires all commercial airports to conduct this live exercise every three years. 

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