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Aldermen Approve Lambert Airport Name Change to St. Louis Lambert International Airport
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 30, 2016 - The Mayor of the City of St. Louis and the Board of Aldermen have given their final approval of a board bill that will re-name St. Louis' airport to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Formal and public use of the new name is expected to begin in January 2017.
"I am pleased to have signed the bill, officially putting 'St. Louis' first. The new name emphasizes the important link between our City and our Airport, better marketing St. Louis to regional, national, and international visitors, while maintaining a connection to our rich aviation past," said Mayor Francis Slay. "Leading with St. Louis explains where we are and who we are, helping us make the best case to continue to increase air traffic to our city."
The airport will continue to operate under its current name, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport through January.
"We are now beginning the formal process to submit the name change to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as notify other agencies and airport partners," said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The Airport worked with a committee of local business and marketing leaders over the last year to analyze current marketing and community outreach efforts. The committee proposed the name change in August and the St. Louis Airport Commission gave its approval of the name change in September. The name change continues to honor the legacy of the airport's founder, Albert Bond Lambert. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the 31st busiest airport in the U.S. as ranked by Airports Council International-North America. Lambert served more than 12.7 million passengers in 2015.
Aircraft activity also continues to show growth in 2016. Lambert's passenger airlines operated 7,019 departures in September for a 3.7 percent increase versus 2015. Year-to-date growth for aircraft departures is 2.5 percent (63,207 vs. 62,691) through the first nine months in 2015. Lambert recorded a 17 percent increase in air cargo for September (12.4 million lbs.). Year-to-date, the Airport has logged 102.2 million lbs. of cargo which is a 10 percent increase over the same time frame in 2015.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The history of the Tuskegee Airmen, who soared soared into combat to help the U.S. win air battles during World War II, is showcased in a mural, "Black Americans in Flight", that has been on display at Lambert International Airport since 1990.
"Black Americans in Flight" was painted by St. Louis artists Spencer Taylor and Solomon Thurman to highlight the contributions of African American achievements in aviation from 1917 to the space age.
The Tuskegee Airmen prominently featured in the mural, which features 75 portraits, include Eugene Jacque Bullard, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr, Clarence "Lucky" Lester and Wendell Pruitt, a St. Louis pilot who received a Distinguished Flying Cross after downing three planes and sinking a destroyer. Those who supported black aviators are also featured, including Eleanor Roosevelt and President Harry S. Truman. Some of those same Tuskegee Airmen are also featured in the film "Red Tails".
"Black Americans in Flight" has been recently cleaned and restored in its original location in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim. Lambert has also unveiled extensive renovations around the 51-ft mural that enhances its visibility with a new waiting area that is located directly across from a major concourse exit for arriving passengers.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Lambert has grown from a balloon launch location called Kinloch Field to a major transportation center. The originally hayfields were purchased by Major Albert Lambert and renamed it Lambert Field in 1920. The airport has played an important role in air transportation. Col. Charles Lindbergh departed from Lambert Flying Field in 1927 St. Louis for New York to begin his historic non-stop solo flight to Paris, France.
The addition of all new signs now makes it possible for Lambert to adopt numerical terminal designations which are commonly used because they are sign friendly, easier to understand and easier to remember.
The "Main Terminal" will become Terminal 1. The "East Terminal" will become Terminal 2. Other features of the new signage program includes simple consistent messaging, color-coded symbols, distinct interstate signage, airline terminal locations, improved car rental signage and improved parking lot information.
For more information on flights and services at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, log onto www.flystl.com
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