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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.

Prominent St. Louis Sculpture, China China, Relocating to Lambert

The St. Louis Airport Commission formerly approved an agreement that will relocate a prominent sculpture to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The St. Louis-based Gateway Foundation will loan Lambert the sculpture, China China, by Chinese artist Zhu Wei (2003), for 10 years with extension options. The sculpture will be displayed by July in the newly renovated Terminal 1 ticketing level lounge, which features a live plant wall, a water feature and new art display cases.  The 6-ft-tall bronze sculpture features two ancient Chinese tomb-like figures. The sculpture was most recently installed in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.

“The Gateway Foundation has made a tremendous impact on the arts and culture scene across St. Louis and we’re thankful and fortunate that Lambert is able to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase an iconic piece of art to our millions of travelers,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.   

The Beijing-born artist, Zhu Wei, is well known for his ink paintings, engravings and sculpture. He established his art studio, Zhu Wei Art Den in 1993.  His work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Miami, Paris, Madrid and Chicago, among other cities.

The display of China China was endorsed by a seven-member Arts Advisory Committee, which evaluates all major art installations and exhibitions for the Lambert Arts and Culture Program  

Earlier this year, Metro’s Arts in Transit completed the installation of two large ceramic tile murals near its MetroLink station in Terminal 1. Nucleic Life Formation was created by New York artist Amy Cheng. Nine art glass screens were installed in Concourses A & C beginning in 2011.  Also that year, the Airport installed an intertwined steel ribbon sculpture, Sensación de Vuelo, by Leonardo Neirman outside Terminal 2.  A 41-color terrazzo floor medallion, New Village, by Alicia LaChance was installed just beyond the C Checkpoint in 2012. On-going temporary local exhibitions in the Terminal 1 Lambert Gallery are also part of the program.  

About the Gateway Foundation

Founded in 1986, the Gateway Foundation seeks to enrich life and culture in the St. Louis area by supporting efforts to acquire, create, or improve tangible and durable art and urban design.  

 

In 2009, the Foundation’s largest project, a two-block sculpture park called Citygarden, opened in downtown St. Louis in the Gateway Mall.  From prominent public sites downtown to community college campuses in St. Louis County, the Foundation also has purchased and installed more than 30 sculptures in the area. 

Additionally, the Foundation has arranged for and funded the lighting of the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse, the Civil Courts Building, the City’s three landmark Water Towers, and other prominent structures, and has funded the building and maintenance of several city playgrounds and parks.  More information is available at gateway-foundation.org and citygardenstl.org.

On Deck- Lambert Photo of the Week

Passengers wait in line for the next seats available at the new Mike Shannon’s Grill which opened this week.

Mike Shannon’s Grill opened this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in the A Concourse and it’s proving to be a hot ticket. "On deck" lines have been the norm at the new restaurant after just a few days in business. The restaurant brings big bat recognition to the plate as it’s the third Mike Shannon’s restaurant in St. Louis. The signature Mike Shannon’s near Busch Stadium has been a fan favorite for 25 years because of its great steaks and seafood as well as its stunning collection of Cardinals and baseball memorabilia. The airport location features highlights from that menu plus its own worthy collection of sports mementos such as baseballs, bats, jerseys and more.

New Mike Shannon’s Grill Features Comfort Cuisine with a Side of Baseball History

Famous for steaks and St. Louis sports, Mike Shannon’s Grill is now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  The new restaurant and bar, on the A Concourse, is the third location for the family-owned steak and seafood restaurant, which is named for the former St. Louis Cardinals player and the team’s long-time radio and TV broadcaster.   

“We’re very excited to open at Lambert with our upscale-comfort cuisine that features some of our signature steakhouse cuts and other popular menu items from our other restaurants,” said Mike Shannon’s owner Pat Shannon-VanMatre.

Mike Shannon’s Grill is located near Gate A12 and is operated in partnership with HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and beverage concessionaire. The new restaurant features nearly 90 seats in the dining and bar areas.  The restaurant features dark leather upholstered seating accented by wood finishes and rounded out with a custom display of baseballs, bats, jerseys and other sports memorabilia.

Mike Shannon’s Grill menu items include salads, wraps, soups and burgers.  Petite filets and strips, along with fish and chicken, round out the meal selections on the menu.  A new breakfast menu will make its debut starting the week of June 8.

The signature Mike Shannon’s near Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis has been an institution for 25 years because of its menu and its stunning collection of Cardinals and baseball memorabilia.  The Airport location carries a similar theme and variation on the menu featured at Mike Shannon’s Grill in nearby Edwardsville, Ill.

“We hope people coming through appreciate that St. Louis is the best baseball town in the country,” said Shannon-VanMatre.  

Lambert’s USO of Missouri Airport Center Wins National Honor

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport congratulates the USO of Missouri after it was honored for the top U.S. Airport Center-Large Division in the second annual TellUSO Awards, which were announced in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

The USO and its airport and military base centers offer support and services to America’s troops and their families around the world.  The USO of Missouri serves as many as 12,000 service members and their families each month at the James S. McDonnell USO in Lambert’s Terminal 1 and its satellite facility in Terminal 2. The Terminal 1 facility is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.  The USO of Missouri is funded solely from the support from individuals and corporations as well as a legion of volunteers.

 

“It’s a tribute to the volunteers for all the hard work they put in,” said David Waltrip, the President of the Board of Directors for the USO of Missouri.

 

The USO of Missouri relies on 1,200 volunteers to serve troops across the state and those traveling through Lambert.  USO of Missouri volunteers typically log around 7,500 hours a month. Military visitors at Lambert receive free food and drinks as well as have access to sleep areas, computer access and entertainment.

 

The TellUSO awards are based on the feedback of thousands of troops who are surveyed about the USO’s programs and services at centers in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Pacific regions.  

 

“It’s very exciting for us and our volunteers,” said Kathy O’Conner, Executive Director of the USO of Missouri. “Our guests continually tell us we’re the best USO they’ve been to. The award now validates what we hear every day.”

 

For more information on services, volunteering or donations, contact the James S. McDonnell USO at 314-429-7702 or log onto www.usomissouri.org.

Luggage Express: Lambert Photo of the Week

Southwest Airlines agent Meika Bowden checks in passengers and their luggage at Lambert this week.

Call it the Luggage Express. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is now operating in-line baggage systems for all passengers. The $46 million dollar baggage system was completed in the last week with the debut of the system in Terminal 2. The system made its debut in Terminal 1 earlier this spring. The system enables passengers to check in their luggage directly to the ticket agent. Since soon after 9/11, passengers have had to carry their luggage to x-ray machines after checking in. Those machines are now built into the conveyor system where security screening now takes place out of public view. It all means a more efficient check-in process for passengers before they go through security.

More Lambert Flights, New Baggage System Highlight Summer Travel

The Memorial Day weekend kicked off the peak travel season at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. This summer will bring more flights, heavier passenger loads and the debut of a new baggage system in Terminal 2.

 

Lambert is seeing a big boost in flights with new destinations and more flight options for existing destinations for travelers.  Airlines will be operating 253 daily non-stop flights to 62 destinations in June, an increase of 11 daily flights compared to May.  A majority of the additional flights are part of the seasonal boost of flights on Southwest Airlines, which is set to have its busiest summer ever in St. Louis. Southwest will offer more than 400,000 seats out of St. Louis in July.

In June, Frontier Airlines will debut two new destinations from St. Louis with service to Portland, Oregon (PDX) and Trenton, New Jersey (TTN). Frontier is also adding non-stop service to San Francisco (SFO). American Airlines is also boosting its summer schedule with additional daily flights to Washington Reagan National (DCA) and Chicago OHare (ORD).

Airlines are already reporting lower seat availability with the increase in demand for tickets this summer. With the spike in the number of passenger, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds passengers they can have a significant impact on reducing wait times at security checkpoints. Get the latest TSA information here.

Lambert is helping to ease congestion when it comes to checking in this summer.  The new inline baggage system that made its debut in Terminal 1 this spring is now operating in Terminal 2, which serves Southwest Airlines and Air Tran Airways. Passengers can now hand off their luggage at the ticket counter versus having to transport bags to multiple explosive detection system (EDS) machines that were installed in the ticketing areas after 9/11.  A new 2,259 linear ft. conveyor system transports the luggage from the ticket counters to the airlines, with the bag screening machines built into the network and now out of public view.

The new $46 million in baggage system upgrades in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 will improve efficiencies in screening checked baggage and has upgraded the customer experience during the check-in process. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is covering 90 percent of the eligible project costs, or approximately $40 million, through grants and funding that were announced in 2010.

 

Here are details on additional summer flight activity from Lambert:

June 5: American Airlines adds two additional daily non-stop flights to Washington Reagan National (DCA) for a total of 5 daily flights.

June 7: Southwest adds additional daily flight to Raleigh-Durham (RDU) for total of 2 daily flights.

June 8: Southwest adds additional daily flights to Boston (BOS) for total of 3 daily flights, Denver (DEN) for total of 4 daily flights, Los Angeles (LAX) for total 3 daily flights, Oklahoma City (OKC) for total of 2 daily flights and Seattle (SEA) for one daily flight. 

June 9: Southwest adds additional daily flight to Chicago Midway (MDW) for total of 10 daily flights.

June 11: American Airlines adds an additional daily non-stop to Chicago OHare (ORD) for total of 9 daily flights.

June 13: Frontier Airlines begins service to San Francisco, CA (SFO) and Trenton, NJ (TTN) - new non-stop destination from Lambert.

June 15: Frontier Airlines will begin service to Portland, OR (PDX) - new non-stop destination from Lambert.

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