Lambert successful in resuming 70% of flights on Sunday

Devastated Airport transformed in first 48 hours to get flights running again

April 25, 2011 | 2 min reading time
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reports that approximately 70 percent of flight operations resumed less than 48 hours after an EF-4 Tornado system damaged the Airport complex on April 22. 


The first arrivals into Lambert came in late Saturday to make way for both departures and arrivals on Easter Sunday. Lambert’s Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Concourse A are fully operational after full power was restored to the Airport late Saturday.


Eleven airlines had scheduled flights on Sunday. American Airlines will resume service from Lambert on Monday morning. Cape Airlines will be the last St. Louis carrier to resume flights which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.


Because of the devastation to the C Concourse, it will remain closed. Lambert has worked with the carriers in that concourse to move their operations.  Lambert has re-opened once vacant gates in the B Concourse for AirTran (B12) and Frontier (B10). The B Concourse checkpoint is also open to serve those airlines. Lambert has also re-opened several D Concourse gates which were not being used for American (D2, D4, D6, D16 and D20) and CapeAir (D 8, D10).


“We give tremendous credit to Ameren for restoring service to Lambert so that the Airport could open just 24 hours after the devastating tornado,” said Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Thanks also has to go to the numerous crews and workers who have worked with the Airport to clean up and make emergency repairs to get where we are today.”


The Airport Director believes Lambert’s airlines will probably reach 85 percent capacity on Monday. For April, Lambert has been operating 256 daily departures per day. Travelers should still contact their airlines for the latest flight information.


Lambert will continue to update the progress on the tornado recovery on and twitter @flystl.



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