Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is located outside of the St. Louis city limits. It is about 10 miles from the St. Louis city center. With a passenger load of approximately 13 million people, Lambert-St. Louis International handles the most passengers of any airport in the state of Missouri.
History of the Lambert-St. Louis Airport
The airport began in the late 1800s, and it was originally called Kinloch Field. No airplanes existed at this time, but the airfield was used as a staging and landing area for hot air balloons. Then President Theodore Roosevelt landed at Kinloch field in 1910 during what was the first airplane flight for an American president.
In 1923, the name of the airfield was changed to Lambert-St. Louis Flying Field. The name Lambert was given to the airport in honor of Albert Lambert who was the manufacturer of Listerine mouthwash.
In the mid 1920s, a naval air base was located at the airport facility. The base was heavily utilized during World War II as a bomber manufacturing facility.
The year 1956 saw the completion of what is now Terminal 1. It is a building with four domes and was designed by Yamasaki. Major expansion projects were completed in both 1977 and 1982. In 2011, the airport was hit by a major tornado that destroyed part of Terminal 1 and damaged several aircraft. The damaged areas of the airport are now completely restored.
Lambert-St. Louis International has a total of four operational runways all made from concrete. The longest of the four runways is 11,019 feet in length. The other runways range from 7,602 to 9,003 feet in length.
Lambert-St. Louis has two passenger terminal buildings known as Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 contains Concourses A through D while Concourse E is located in Terminal 2. Buses are available to take passengers between the two terminals. The two terminals are also connected by St. Louis’ MetroLink light rail system.
There are many conveniences provided for travelers at Lambert-St. Louis. Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the airport’s facilities. However, passengers should note that this is not a complimentary service.
Travelers who are not fluent in the English languge may find assistance at the airport. The Language Assistance area is located at the airport’s Information Booth in Terminal 1 next to the Baggage Claim area.
ATM facilities are located in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Full banking services are located on the lower level of Terminal 1 at Security Checkpoint C.
Public telephones are available in multiple locations in both terminals. Some of these telephones allow users to make free local calls.
Business travelers can conduct meetings at the airport. Lambert-St. Louis has several meeting rooms available. These rooms are located on the Ticketing Level of Terminal 1, and reservations must be made in advance.
Those traveling with pets and service animals will find pet relief areas at both terminals. The Terminal 1 area is located outside of exit 6, and the Terminal 2 area is located outside of exit 15.
For those wishing to engage in quite meditation and contemplation, the airport’s Interfaith Chapel is open all day everyday. The chapel is located in Terminal 1 near exit 11.
There are several parking options available. Lot A, Terminal 1 Lot and Terminal 2 Lot are closest to the airport. These lots offer parking up to 24-hours. Lot B is for long-term parking. Lot C offers covered parking, and Lot D is for short-term parking. Valet parking service is available.
Airlines Serving St. Louis Airport
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is located near St. Louis, Missouri. The airport serves a vast number of airlines. St. Louis-Lambert International Airport is the hub of two smaller airlines. These airlines are Cape Air and Air Choice One. The airlines operate out of smaller regional airports in the Midwestern United States. Cape Air’s destinations within the state of Missouri include Cape Girardeau, Fort Leonard Wood, and Kirksville. Air Choice One’s destinations from St. Louis are Burlington, Iowa; Decatur, Illinois; and Jonesboro, Arkansas.
There are 11 airlines total in operation at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The airlines that service the airport are Air Canada, Air Choice One, Alaska Airlines, AirTran, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta, Frontier, Southwest Airlines, United, and US Airways. Of all airlines, Southwest Airlines flies to 36 different destinations from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the most of any airline. St. Louis is one of Southwest Airline’s focus cities. Delta Airlines has the second most destinations.
Of its top five most-busiest routes, the route from St. Louis to Chicago’s O’ Hare International Airport is the busiest. Last year, over 463,000 passengers traveled to Chicago. American and United Airlines are among the most frequently used airlines to this destination. The second most-busiest route was from St. Louis to Atlanta with 446,000 passengers. AirTran and Delta Airlines are among the most frequently used airlines with travelers bound for the Atlanta area. St. Louis’ third most-busiest route was to Denver with 348,000 passengers. Among the airlines that use this route are Frontier, Southwest, and United Airlines. The fourth most-busiest is to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas with 344,000 passengers last year. American Airlines is the only airline that flies this route. The fifth most-busiest was from St. Louis to Chicago’s Midway Airport. Last year, 266,000 passengers flew to Midway Airport via Southwest Airlines.