The peak of one of the Terminal 1 domes can be seen through a window as a storm front passed over Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Spring storms piled up one after the other this week across the region with the peak of the storms hitting Lambert-St. Louis International Airport early Wednesday afternoon. Airfield operations were halted for a short time during the barrage of rain, wind and hail. People smartly rushed indoors from loading and pickup zones in front of the terminals, too, for a brief period until the severe threat passed on. Lambert recorded 1.5 inches of rain from noon Wednesday through Thursday morning. There was no damage to airport complex. However, more than 36,000 local customers lost power on Wednesday and there were many reports of damaged cars, homes and trees across St. Louis.
Rascal, the Budweiser Clydesdale, poses for photos during #STLthanksWeek at Lambert.
Passengers in Terminal 2 got quite a surprise this week with a visit from one very tall horse. A 6-year old Budweiser Clydesdale named Rascal, along with his handlers, stopped by for a meet-and-greet with travelers on Thursday. Clydesdales are known for their extra large stature, and Rascal stands over six feet tall at the shoulder. The appearance was for #STLthanksYOU, a celebration hosted by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport thanking St. Louis and its travelers. Other appearances included the Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags St. Louis, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ mascot, Fredbird. Live bands also performed each day in the concourses. Lambert’s airlines and tenant partners got in on the fun by adding their own colorful balloons and decor. Explore St. Louis had a prize wheel visitors could spin, Southwest handed out free snow cones to passengers on Tuesday, and United Airlines offered free candy and popcorn Thursday and Friday.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is beginning a bridge restoration project that will impact a majority of drivers traveling to and from the Airport beginning this week. Starting May 5, construction begins to repair the Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) Bridge over Air Flight Drive, which is one of the major entrances to the Airport, directly south of Terminal 1. LIB is also the main roadway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
In the first phase lasting approximately one month, all LIB traffic approaching the bridge will be routed to the north lanes while crews begin repairs to the south side of the bridge. The single lanes of traffic and temporary stop signs in place for the project will cause additional congestion on this roadway, especially at peak travel times. Drivers should plan on adding extra time when travelling to or from the airport during this construction.
The bridge repairs will continue in various phases through late fall of 2016. The bridge is in need of rehabilitation and maintenance due to its age. The structure was built in the 1960’s. Crews will be replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge.
Sandy Estep gives her husband, James L. Estep, a hug after he returned to STL on a Greater St. Louis Honor Flight from Washington, DC.
More than 20 WWII and Korean War veterans returned to St. Louis after a whirlwind day trip to the nation’s capitol. When they arrived back home, hundreds of family members, supporters and volunteers with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight organization welcomed them home in Terminal 2. Honor Flight is a national program that pays tribute to our country’s aging war veterans with all-inclusive trips to Washington DC to visit memorials built in their honor. 88-year-old James Estep, a Fireman First Class in the Navy during WWII, was overjoyed to arrive and share a hug with his wife, Sandy. The two have been married 41 years. She says seeing his return brought on powerful emotions, as it did for so many area families. The veterans and their volunteer trip escorts started their day before sunrise to fly to DC on Southwest Airlines. More Honor Flight trips from St. Louis are scheduled throughout the year.
Budweiser Clydesdale, Live Music, Mascots and More Planned for May 2 -5, 2016
Starting in May, travelers will see a whole new happy face greeting them at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). Lambert is celebrating their customer appreciation week in conjunction with National Tourism Week, May 1-7. The airport, which serves 13 million travelers a year, is unveiling a fun and friendly new campaign to celebrate St. Louis and thank its many travelers. The name comes with a built-in social media hashtag, #STLthanksYOU, and features a cute new character that can be seen throughout the terminals. Passengers can even take a selfie with the little guy as part of a new interactive display window in the Terminal 1 baggage claim (pictured).
“The airport is often visitors’ first or only impression of our city,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “With the 10 percent rise in passenger traffic we’ve seen so far this year, it’s important to remind our passengers of how appreciated they are, and it’s great to be able to do it in such a fun way.”
The #STLthanksYOU campaign will be promoted throughout the month of May. However, the main celebration comes during the first week with a variety of activities and entertainment scheduled for travelers.
Monday, May 2: Two Pedros Band | Concourse C | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3: Free Snow Cones by Southwest Airlines | Gates E14 & E16 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dave & Greg band w/ Tim McCready | Concourse A | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird | Terminal 2 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4: Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags St. Louis | T1 & T2 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Kara Baldus Trio feat. Regi Drake | Terminal 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: Budweiser Clydesdale | Terminal 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Johnny Chase Duo | Concourse C | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6: Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers | Terminal 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Airport tenant partners and airlines will be getting festive in their own, unique ways.
Lambert will be promoting #STLthanksYOU on their social media pages. Follow @FlySTL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
New Flights and Gates Added to Accommodate Growing Passenger Numbers
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport started strong in 2016 with a leap in passenger traffic ten percent higher than last year. In the first three months of 2016, the Airport served a total of 3,077,178 passengers (arriving and departing), as compared to 2,796,694 in the first quarter of 2015. February saw a dramatic 15.3 percent jump over last year’s numbers with 960,003 total passengers. January was up 9.8 percent (966,831 vs 880,250) and March improved 6.2 percent (1,150,344 vs 1,083,502). Total aircraft departures were up 4.3 percent, of which cargo departures increased 6.9 percent.
“We work closely with our airlines to meet growing demand for new service, and the public is responding,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “This is exciting news for our region, and we expect this passenger growth to continue with more new flights coming this summer.”
Lambert’s passenger numbers are projected to climb as the second quarter began with eight daily departures added by Southwest Airlines across six destinations. STL gained two new markets with twice-daily flights each to Des Moines, IA (DES) and Wichita, KS (ICT). The airline also added Pittsburgh, PA (PIT), second daily flights to Tulsa, OK (TUL) and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP), and previously seasonal service to Seattle, WA (SEA) is now year-round.
Lambert Airport will soon have a second option for travelers to reach the San Francisco Bay area with Southwest Airlines’ daily nonstop service to Oakland, CA (OAK) beginning June 5. Oakland is a new destination for the St. Louis region. Southwest is also adding nonstop service to Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX) that same day. With the addition of this new service, Southwest will operate over 100 flights a day out of STL.
Southwest Airlines, which operates exclusively out of Terminal 2, expanded its terminal operations this month with the addition of two new gates, E31 and E33. The airline has installed two new jetways, new carpeting, new podiums and new counters at its new gates in advance of the new service. Improvements to the western gates of the terminal (E29-E33) also included refreshed finishes in the main corridor and restrooms, along with new retail and food kiosks to accommodate the growth in passengers to that area of the terminal.
A side-by-side comparison of Lambert’s C16 gate area from the day after the tornado strike, and today.
Five years ago, at approximately 8:10 p.m. on April 22, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Terminal 1 suffered a direct strike from an F4 tornado. One of the most influential and iconic locations in aviation history was a disaster scene. This had never happened before to any major airport. Millions of dollars in damage was done to the airport facility, roadways, vehicles, and airlines. Yet in just 24 hours, the airport was operational again. This happened because of incredible emergency response and community support. Less than one year later, Concourse C was repaired. Interior upgrades that were planned before the tornado were also completed during that time. The result was a major transformation that tells an incredible story of change, progress, and a glimpse of what the future holds. See more at www.LambertExperience.com
Footsteps on the American Frontier: Daniel Boone and Westward Expansion Opens at The Lambert Gallery
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is proud to introduce its latest exhibition at The Lambert Gallery with the opening of Footsteps on the American Frontier: Daniel Boone and Westward Expansion, curated by Lindenwood University and the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center.
This exhibition examines one of America’s early frontiersmen, Daniel Boone, focusing on Boone’s life and his contributions toward the opening of America’s early frontier. Lambert is the perfect venue for this exhibition as St. Louis is considered by many as the “gateway to the west.” The exhibition is part of the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which is dedicated to promoting local cultural works and institutions to area residents and St. Louis visitors. The Lambert Gallery, located in Terminal 1 Bag Claim near the exit of the C Concourse, features temporary exhibitions by artists and cultural institutions from St. Louis and across the region.
Among the items to be displayed in the Boone exhibition are antique surveying equipment, portraits, maps, and Boone family heirlooms. The exhibition weave’s a story of discovery with not only artifacts, but paintings including one showing Boone escorting settlers through the Cumberland Gap (by George Caleb Bingham) and another where Boone rescued his daughter and other girls from several Shawnee and Cherokee tribesmen when he lived in Kentucky.
All items on display belong to the educational and historical collections at the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, which is owned and operated by Lindenwood University. The University has owned the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage since 1998. The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center is the home in which the famous frontiersman passed away. For a fee, the home offers interpretative guided tours of the site. Visitors may also choose to self-guide the property. Hands-on school programs are available for elementary- to college-level classes. The site hosts four major special events and several smaller programs throughout the year. For more information, please call 636-798-2005 or visit www.danielboonehome.com
Lambert’s Airport Arts Advisory Committee (AAAC) selected the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center for exhibition with program support from the Regional Arts Commission. Current members of the AAAC are Shelley Hagan, Wells Fargo Curator Corporate Art; Laura Helling, Director of Development for Wings of Hope; Marilu Knode, Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; and Freida L. Wheaton, Salon 53 and Founder of Alliance of Black Art Galleries.
St. Louis International Airport is proud to display the work of three emerging St. Louis artists who were chosen to exhibit for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’ (CAM) Great Rivers Biennial. The works of Lyndon Barrois Jr., Nanette Boileau and Tate Foley can now be seen in Terminal 2 in advance of the Great Rivers Biennial exhibition, on view from May 6 through August 14, 2016 at CAM.
The Great Rivers Biennial Arts Awards Program, a collaborative initiative between CAM and the Gateway Foundation, identifies artists working in the St. Louis metropolitan area, providing them with a $20,000 honorarium and a major exhibition at CAM. Barrois, Jr., Boileau and Foley were chosen by a panel of distinguished jurors from more than 80 submissions.
Featuring artwork that is distinct from the work on view at the museum but reflective of the artists’ practices and concerns, the airport exhibition will run through September 6, 2016.
Consisting of enlarged and modified graphics from Konica Minolta printing supply packaging, Lyndon Barrois Jr.’s (b. 1983, New Orleans) KMUltra draws a parallel between the widespread influence of print media and the controversial 1950s experiments known as MKUltra. The artist produced a series of eight images using laser printer toner pigments on linen canvas. The exhibit is located near Lambert’s gate E12.
Sea of Hot Pink Buffalo by Nanette Boileau (b. 1965, Seattle) observes a herd of American bison grazing in Custer State Park in South Dakota. The video, toned in a hue of pink, show’s an acute understanding of rural agriculture’s drive towards modernization and demystifies the “Wild West” by weaving together personal narratives of the western landscape. The exhibit is adjacent to the Tech on the Go store, near gate E18.
Tate Foley’s (b. 1985, Millerton, Pennsylvania) Post No Bills is an installation of prints that reframes the language of protest. Created with a Risograph, each print reveals potent multi-syllable words, altered into their phonetic components: “volatile” becomes “VAH-LIHH-TULL,” for example. Through the deconstruction of language, Foley dismantles systems of power, allowing viewers to interrogate the impact of prescribed definitions and construct their own nuanced meanings. Foley’s exhibition is located adjacent to the Discover St. Louis store, near gate E18.
Jasmine Bourne, Transportation Security Inspector-Canine, gets kisses from Eette following a TSA press conference for STL's new canine unit.
If you love dogs, you will be happy to know you’ll be seeing them more often at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. However, you will have to resist the urge to pet them because these special dogs are on duty. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced this week the introduction of their National Explosives Detection Canine Program to STL. These highly trained pups can discern explosive chemical molecules in the air surrounding moving passengers, thus expediting security screening and providing an additional layer of security at the Airport. The canines and their humans become a close-knit team. Each transportation security inspector in the canine program gets paired with a single dog. They live, work and train exclusively with each other- and there is a lot of love between them.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.