Transforming For A Future Of Growth

Nearly a decade ago, a plan was forged to transform the airport and the passenger experience.

$150 million in renovations & improvements

Strengthened air service

Revitalized restaurant & retail offerings

Stronger community partnerships

Established Art & Culture program

Experience Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Transformed

Explore Lambert’s top to bottom, roof to basement plan to better promote the St. Louis region and improve the Airport and passenger experience.

The sections in this website tell the entire story of Lambert’s strategies to improve amenities, strengthen airline service and achieve sustained financial stability for the region.

Terminal 1 & Concourse Renovations


The restoration of Terminal 1’s historic vaulted terminal ceiling, concourse and terminal renovations, new baggage systems and an expanded checkpoint are just a few of the highlights of construction and renovation projects since 2008. The transformation culminated in 2014 with the replacement of the terminal’s original copper roof, which has been a key component of its iconic architectural design since it opened in 1956.

Renovated C Concourse entrance with colorful terrazzo floor art greeting travelers.

Before and after – C Concourse.

The Airport’s transformation culminated in 2014 with the replacement of Terminal 1’s original copper roof.

New LED skylights illuminate Terminal 1’s vaulted ceilings.

Renovations included expansion of the C Concourse checkpoint.

Before and after – TSA Checkpoint.

New digital directories can be found throughout the Airport.

New glass-enclosed entrances allow sunlight to filter into the lower level of Terminal 1.

Updated Terminal 1 glass panel entrances as seen from inside the airport.

New baggage carousels were installed in 2008 in Terminal 1. A new outbound baggage system features in-line screening that is now out of public view.

A closer look at the programmable LED skylights in Terminal 1.

The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby includes new ticket counters, terrazzo flooring and signage.

Before and after – Terminal 1 Ticketing.

Interactive directories make finding your way around Lambert easy and convenient.

Higher, brighter ceilings with cloud lighting transformed the baggage claim area into a more welcoming space.

Before and after – baggage claim area.

Lambert has renovated restrooms in A & C Concourses and Terminal 1. A new set of restrooms was also built near the C Concourse exit.

Before and after – A & C Concourse and Terminal 1 bathrooms.

A Concourse updates include new tile corridors, brighter ceilings, cloud lighting, new signage and newly carpeted gate areas.

Before and after - A Concourse.

Updated lighting fixtures throughout the Concourses and Terminal 1.

New wayfinding signage was installed in Terminal 1 and A & C Concourses.

Restaurants & Retail

Renovations and new construction included enhancing our restaurant and retail offerings to passengers. Over the past three years, Lambert has expanded its news, gift and specialty retail stores. Greater culinary options include well-known local St. Louis restaurants, adding a welcome local flavor to the dining experience at Lambert.

Beginning in January 2013, premier travel retailer The Hudson Group has provided Lambert’s news, gift and specialty retail concessions.

Great Wraps is located in C Concourse, nearest gate C18.

Natalie’s Candy Jar can be found in C Concourse and Terminal 2.

Travelers enjoy local microbrew beers at the Schafly Tap Room location in C Concourse.

Airport visitors enjoy the local flavor of St. Louis baseball legend Mike Shannon’s Grill in A Concourse.

The new Eddie Bauer store is located in the C Concourse adjacent to Gate C6.

Spectacles shops can be found in A & C Concourses as well as Terminal 2.

Travelers can find lotions and spa products at Bliss, located in the C Concourse near gate C15.

Eighteen 76 celebrates Budweiser’s heritage, offering travelers food and drink in Terminal 2.

The Pasta House/Schlafly Tap Room is located in Terminal 2 nearest Gate E6.

Grounded In St. Louis can be found in A Concourse nearest Gate A9.

Air Service And Cargo

Since 2008, Lambert has employed more aggressive strategies to retain its most crucial non-stop destinations, diversified its carrier base with new airlines and partnered with airlines to grow service in established markets. The Airport has also adopted a strategy to grow cargo operations, seeing an increase in specialized charter flights and continuing to create inroads into making St. Louis a significant gateway for cargo activity in the Midwest.

Southwest Airlines has grown to become the busiest carrier at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Specialized cargo flights are becoming more routine at Lambert, as inroads are created to make St. Louis a significant gateway for cargo activity.

Growing cargo operations at the Airport is a key strategy over the next five years.

Over the last several years, Lambert has employed new strategies to retain non-stop destinations and add new cities and service.

Lambert's airlines have expanded daily non-stop flights, many to key business markets like New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Lambert has attracted four new carriers, including Alaska Airlines, to diversify the market and add service that fits the network strength of each airline.

Lambert is committed to expanding current service in established markets to give the St. Louis region better travel options.

Lambert became a top 10 Southwest Airlines market in 2014.

Business & Community Partnerships

Lambert has fortified community and business partnerships to further connect with the region and grow the economic impact of the Airport. Facilitating growth in aviation and non-aviation business has been a priority to create new jobs and diversify Airport revenues. Community partnerships with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, Missouri History Museum and The Magic House have greatly improved the experience for passengers and visitors.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new children’s Play Port, created in partnership with The Magic House – St. Louis Children’s Museum.

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) has a strong presence at Lambert, inspiring travelers to explore St. Louis.

The Magic House Play Port is a transportation hub of fun that lets children explore a kid-sized plane, train, automobiles and air traffic control tower.

In 2013, Lambert became the first location in the U.S. for the new compressed natural gas station by Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions.

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge announces the JetLinx partnership at a press conference in 2013.

JetLinx provides private aviation services at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The Missouri History Museum refurbished Lindbergh’s Monocoupe that hangs above the C Concourse Checkpoint along with a digital history kiosk on the upper level.

The Lambert Art & Culture Program

As part of the largest makeover of facilities in airport history, Lambert also established a new Art & Culture Program to create a regional visual showcase for travelers and visitors. Thirteen permanent installations and numerous rotating exhibitions provide a cultural identity and compelling environment for passengers arriving and departing one of the most important gateways to the city.

Leonardo Nierman’s sculpture, Sensation of Flight, was a gift to the City of St. Louis that stands on the lawn just west of Terminal 2.

The entertainment stage in the lower level of Terminal 1 features live music performances for passengers and visitors during holidays and special events.

The new Ticketing Lounge in Terminal 1 features “China China,” a bronze sculpture by artist Zhu Wei (2003). On loan from The Gateway Foundation.

Rotating art displays at the new Lambert Gallery feature local artist creations, showcasing the culture of our region.

The Art of Travel is the annual fundraising event at Lambert Airport, benefitting the Airport’s Art & Culture Program.

The Lambert Gallery, launched in March of 2012, hosts three exhibitions per year, curated in partnership with cultural organizations from the region.

An untitled art glass panel exhibit by Lauren Adams in 2011 adorns the A Concourse at Gate 4.

Vivere Est Volare, an art glass creation by Tom Huck in 2012, greets travelers at the C Concourse near Gate 15.

Mimic by Mel Watkin (2012) C Concourse, Gate 9.

A Whimsical View by Edna Patterson-Petty (2011) A Concourse, Gate 8.

Slipstream by William LaChance (2011) A Concourse, Gate 15.

Reflections On Clouds by Jana Harper (2012) C Concourse, Gate 24.

The Confluence by Joan Hall (2012) C Concourse, Gate 5.

Dream Of Flying by Sarah Giannobile (2012) C Concourse, Gate 18.

Black Americans In Flight by Spencer Taylor at Terminal 1 baggage claim.

Quotes From Our Community

Francis G. Slay
Mayor of St. Louis

“Terminal renovations, new stores and improved restaurants deliver a boost in services and amenities for the millions who travel through this very important gateway to the Midwest.”

Suzanne Sitherwood
CEO, Laclede Gas Company

“Lambert Airport has done a wonderful job infusing St. Louis’ own art and culture into the space, celebrating all our city has to offer. It provides a bright and inviting atmosphere for visitors and residents alike.”

Bruce B. Holland
CEO, Holland Construction Services

“Whether I’m traveling for business or pleasure…I enjoy spending a little leisure time in the refreshed airport shops, restaurants and concourses at Lambert. I’m happy to tell others that our hometown airport now compares favorably with airports across the country.”

Richard Mark
llinois Chairman, President and CEO, Ameren Corporation

“When new visitors fly into St. Louis, the first thing they see is our airport. Transforming Lambert will go a long way in improving visitors’ first impression of our region.”

Laurna Godwin
Partner, Vector Communications

“Lambert’s improvements are wonderful for flyers that will enhance their travel experience.”

John M. Tracy
CEO Dot Foods, Inc.

“We should be proud of the transformation of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport because it is so critical to the region’s economic development and quality of life.”

Ed Monser
President and CEO, Emerson

“The physical transformation that has taken place at Lambert is remarkable and presents a greater St. Louis ‘first impression.’  Inside the airport -- from entry to your wait at the gate – things are more accessible, it is brighter, friendlier and more open with new and interesting options to shop and eat.  Externally, parking improvements and refurbishment of our iconic roofing and other exterior elements are wonderful.”

David Peacock
Co-Chair, Stadium Task Force; Chair, St. Louis Sports Commission

“With several business interests, civic activities and family trips taking me out of town, we are frequently in Lambert Airport.  The clean new look is inviting and the amenities make travel much easier.”

Strategic Plan

Francis G. Slay
Mayor of St. Louis

The dramatic transformation of Lambert has been years in the making. This is has been an exciting story of change. Lambert is building on that momentum. A new 5-year strategic plan builds on our progress, creates an even stronger Lambert Airport and a stronger St. Louis region.


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