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One of the 30 seat regional jets that began serving the airport at Ft. Leonard Wood when Contour Airlines took over the service in Feburary 2019 01-08-19
Jonathan Ahl | St. Louis Public Radio

FORT LEONARD WOOD — Passenger counts at the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport were down from February through October of 2019 compared to the previous year.

That’s despite a new airline coming in and upgrading the departing planes from eight-seat propellor planes to 30-seat jets.

When Nashville-based Contour Airlines replaced Massachusetts-based Cape Air, local officials were confident it would improve and expand service. But it’s taking a bit longer than expected for that to come to fruition.

Closures of popular and long-standing St. Louis businesses began in late 2017.
Barry Schwartz | Flickr

It’s hard to say goodbye. But in 2018, St. Louis-area residents will have to get used to several long-standing businesses not being around anymore.

Retail retirement

The bad news for loyal J.C. Penney shoppers: The retail chain is permanently closing its St. Louis store in the Hampton Village Plaza shopping center. After nearly 70 years in business, the store's last day will be Jan. 21.

The good news for bargain hunters: A liquidation sale will begin on Jan. 2.

It's back to work for some 200 ex-TWA flight attendants. American Airlines will recall the workers in November, according to U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.

They were laid off back in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks hit the airline industry hard. American had cut 2,500 flight attendants in all during the slowdown, many of them were former TWA employees. The airline had bought out TWA earlier in 2001. 

American Airlines bankruptcy 2011
Brent Jones | St. Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 30, 2011 - Passengers flying out of Lambert Airport are used to having fewer routes offered by American Airlines, so its newest destination - bankruptcy court - isn't likely to have much effect in St. Louis, experts say.

More renovation at Lambert Airport

Jul 15, 2011
File photo | St. Louis Public Radio

Travelers using Lambert Airport will see some new renovation disruptions beginning next week.

Airport officials say a major phase of its renovation plan will impact Concourse B and Concourse D checkpoint areas, meaning detours for arriving and departing passengers. Construction walls will be erected around the checkpoint throughout the final two weeks of July, as well as in the atrium above in the ticketing area.

You can see the latest updates to the airport's renovation plan here.


American Airlines is recalling 200 flight attendants who were furloughed from now-defunct TWA in 2003.

American said Friday it also agreed to hire 30 new Mandarin-speaking flight attendants to staff flights to and from Shanghai.

(via Flickr/boeingdreamscape)

American Airlines is recalling more former TWA flight attendants. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says American will rehire 365 of the furloughed employees.

The TWA flight attendants were put at the bottom of the seniority list when the airline was bought out by American. In 2001, American laid off 2,500 flight attendants, many of whom used to work for TWA.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2009 - Let's say you're going to Boston for the holidays. And let's say you haven't gotten your ticket yet.

Now, try not to freak out while travel agent Gayle Ailshie looks for a ticket.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 22, 2009 - Travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport making their way from an American Airlines gate to the main terminal may notice a brightly colored mural from the Convention and Visitors Commission asking:

"Where will St. Louis take you next?"

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 17, 2009 - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay asserted on his blog today that American Airlines "is making a mistake" by cutting its flight schedule at Lambert Field to 36 flights a day, down from 83, by next summer.

"For example, American will eliminate a direct flight to San Diego that on average was 87 percent full. Why?" the mayor wrote.