Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 42
SHIPPING & PORTS
In addition to modernizing the terminal and adding
cultural displays, the airport in recent years also enhanced
its concourse offerings. This includes complementing
national brands and concepts with local favorites including
Schlafly Brewery, which operates a brewpub there, and
local restaurant Pasta House.
At the Center
St. Louis Lambert International Airport serves more than
1 million commercial passengers monthly. The airport
in 2016 saw more than 9 percent growth in passengers
and was on target to serve more than 1 million more total
arriving and departing passengers than in 2015. Between
July 2015 and June of 2016, the airport added eight new
destinations and topped 70 non-stop destinations served
by nine commercial airlines.
"One of our greatest assets is that we are literally located
at the center of the country," Hamm-Niebruegge says,
noting that the longest domestic flights leaving the airport
are a maximum three-and-a-half hours long. "We can move
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passengers and cargo to anywhere in the United States
within a very short time-frame."
The airport is also less susceptible to severe weather
such as snow and icy conditions. "We have a fairly mild
winter season compared to other Midwestern airports, and
can operate 365 days a year," she adds. "We are not a congested airport with regular air traffic delays and have easy
access to major highways as well as rail."
With the terminal renovation complete, St. Louis Lambert International Airport is now planning additional
"We have an aggressive approach to generating revenue,
and think of ourselves not just as a pure passenger airport
but much more," Hamm-Niebruegge explains. "By doing
that, we have a better selling point for bringing in passenger traffic."
The airport is diversifying its revenue base in several
ways including growing its cargo-handling operations. This
includes entering into a 40-year lease agreement with a
developer to renovate and re-purpose a vacant hangar and
manufacturing facility located on a 50-acre site adjacent to
the airfield with access to runways.
A compressed natural gas (CNG) station operated by
Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions also recently leased
airport-owned land. A portion of the revenue generated
by the station - which serves the public as well as private
clients - goes to the airport.
Other diversification opportunities for the airport
include growing its charter, corporate and private aircraft
activity. The airport two years ago leased two hangar buildings to Jet Linx, an Omaha-based private aviation management company.
The airport is also looking to diversify its cargo handling activities. It is in the process of becoming an approved USDA port of embarkation, which would give it
the ability to handle the transportation of livestock and
Future opportunities for the airport include working
with partners to build additional corporate hangars, which
Hamm-Niebruegge believes will become a reality next year.
St. Louis Lambert International Airport is also working to
expand its environmental sustainability programs, which
could include developing a solar farm.
"We want to show the community and leaders in the
region that this airport can be, and will be, more than what
you see now," she says.