Lambert Airport

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Now that Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has finished its major physical improvements, it is working to position itself to best advantage in today’s aviation economy.

The airport released a five-year strategic plan Wednesday with broad goals to strengthen its finances and to better meet the needs of its passengers. The plan centers on utilizing every asset the airport has while recognizing its limitations.

The Lambert International Airport roof was installed in 1956 and sustained damage from a tornado in 2011.
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The old copper roof at Lambert airport is enjoying a revival on the walls of St. Louis homes and businesses.

The roof was installed in 1956 and replaced last year. Lambert officials asked local presses to create printmaking plates from the discarded copper tile, and artists came up with three sets of limited-edition prints with nostalgic themes. One, by Firecracker press, shows a young, mid-century couple happily heading for their honeymoon.

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Business class will take on a whole new meaning when Southwest Airlines begins its first non-stop service from St. Louis to San Francisco on Tuesday.

The CEOs of 21 St. Louis-based startups will be aboard the inaugural flight where a few of them will give their elevator pitches at 30,000 feet.

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With pearly-white hangar floors and a private lounge stocked with comfy furniture, it's not too hard to believe that Jet Linx spent more than $1 million refurbishing its Lambert-St. Louis Airport terminal.

The Omaha-based private jet company spent the last few months sprucing up the former home of the Missouri National Guard. The terminal's stylishness is part of the company's appeal. Even the bathrooms have an elegant touch.

But Jim Mauze, president and base partner of Jet Linx St. Louis, said his company is attracting attention for more than just coziness.

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Lambert Airport is now screening luggage checked at Terminal 1 with a new automated baggage system.

The $50.7 million assembly of ramps, conveyor belts and X-rays replaces the bomb detection machines that were installed in ticketing areas after the 9/11 terrorists attacks.

Watch below for a bag’s-eye-view of the bomb-detecting security system:

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The Transportation Security Administration is clearing more than a quarter of the nation's commercial passengers for expedited screening as it expands its PreCheck program. Nationwide, the number of airports participating in the program has expanded from about 40 last year to more than 100 today.

During a press conference at Lambert Airport Tuesday, Federal Security Director William Switzer said travelers can now find separate screening lines at all concourses.

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is preparing for a surge in visitors as the busy travel period surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day begins Friday.

Public Relations Manager Jeff Lea says the airport is expecting a 15 to 20 percent increase from normal passenger traffic at peak travel times over the next two weeks.

“The biggest travel day prior to Christmas for air travel is going to be Friday,” he said.

In addition, he adds that holiday travelers can expect to be flying with a significant number of men and women in uniform as well.

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The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest weeks of the year for Lambert - St. Louis International Airport, as travelers make their way home for the holidays.

But movement of another sort is also going on at Lambert - a dual push to both make the airport a stronger economic engine for the region and a more inviting entry-point for the city.

Airport As Economic Driver

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A Missouri Air National Guard facility that has been vacant since 2009 is getting a new life, thanks to a company that's hoping to capitalize on the growing demand for general aviation traffic at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Charter flight provider JetLinx announced today that it will spend about $1 million to convert one of the buildings into a terminal for its clients. It will be the only general aviation company at Lambert with its own fleet of planes, which is expected to start operating in September.

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A solar powered airplane that landed in St. Louis last Tuesday is scheduled to depart early tomorrow morning [Friday].

This will be the 4th leg of the aircraft’s cross-continental flight.

Solar Impulse was originally scheduled to fly directly from St. Louis to Washington DC. But because of strong winds the plane will make an additional stop in Cincinnati to allow the team to rest and switch pilots.

The plane’s 12,000 solar cells power it by day while recharging batteries that allow it to fly at night.

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