Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL/KSTL)

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Other major reasons to serve this airport

St Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch

St Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015 was designed by Eero Saarinen who was also the architect responsible for the TWA Flight Center (later known as Terminal 5) at New York’s JFK Airport. The Gateway Arch stands almost 200 metres tall and has a viewing gallery reached by unique capsules.

St Louis is home to three major league sports teams including the St Louis Cardinals baseball team who play at the downtown Busch Stadium. They have won the World Series 11 times, most recently in 2011.

  • Saint Louis is located at the population centre of the United States, and is the region’s gateway to national and international commerce and travel. The Saint Louis metropolitan area is the 19th largest in the United States, with nearly three million residents.
  • STL is served by all major carriers, averaging 445 daily arrivals and departures to 66 national and international destinations.
  • STL has the capability to operate around the clock, with no restrictions or curfews. The four runways at STL are equipped to handle any passenger or cargo aircraft.
  • Saint Louis is a bustling centre of industry, culture and entertainment.

Marketing and other support

Southwest Airlines is the major carrier at Lambert-St. Louis Airport

Southwest Airlines is the major carrier at Lambert-St. Louis Airport but the country’s major legacy carriers such as United Airlines and US Airways are also present offering daily flights to their own hubs. During the summer of 2014 Frontier Airlines launched three new routes from the Missouri airport to Portland, San Francisco and Trenton.

  • The Marketing and Business Development team at STL is committed to growing passenger air service between Saint Louis and both domestic and international markets.
  • STL has established an Air Service Incentive Program aimed at stimulating new passenger service by reducing new market start-up and operating costs for airlines that initiate or grow service.
  • STL offers a Marketing Support Program which awards marketing funds and resources to airlines.

For more information, please contact the Marketing & Business Development team:

Brian Kinsey, Assistant Director
Phone: 314.426.8079

Airport Catchment area


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  • Location matters. STL is situated in an ideal place for national and international commerce and travel. Serving as the ‘Gateway to the West’, STL is at the population center of the United States.  The STL metropolitan area is the 19th largest in the United States, with nearly 3 million residents.  STL’s catchment area has nearly 6 million residents within a two hour drive.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

St. Louis Under-served freight opportunitiesSTL has everything in place to ensure quick and efficient handling of freight. Air cargo facilities designed to expedite the flow of freight are already in place, conveniently located on both sides of the primary parallel runways. Configured in typical flow-through fashion, the air cargo facilities are equipped to handle both current and next-generation cargo aircraft.

STL’s air cargo facilities also offer:

  • Aircraft parking adjacent to facilities
  • Bonded storage
  • Secured warehouse
  • Direct ramp access
  • High-bay storage areas
  • Workstations for makeup and breakdown of unit load devices (ULDs)
  • Storage areas for cargo that requires special handling
  • On-site U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Immediate proximity to Foreign Trade Zone No. 102

As part of its ongoing commitment to facility and infrastructure improvements, STL envisions an on-airport multi-use development called GATEWAY.  GATEWAY will provide a variety of facility solutions for a wide range of airport-related businesses.  Through innovative master planning and cost-effective design solutions, GATEWAY will be able to offer cargo, logistics and warehousing space at competitive lease rates.  GATEWAY will be designed to meet the infrastructure and operational needs of airlines and cargo businesses well into the future.  Best-in-class cargo facilities, direct ramp and airfield access, on-site railhead and easy access to nearby interstate highways make GATEWAY a particularly attractive opportunity.

In addition to the GATEWAY project, both on-airport and off-airport land is available to develop. STL can provide your airline or cargo- related business with the right land solution, right now.


Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has two terminals. The four-domed Terminal 1, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, was opened in 1956 and is home to the majority of the airport’s airlines. The more recent Terminal 2 is home to Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways.

Both terminals are light-filled and airy, and offer a range of retail outlets for passengers to choose from.

  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is located less than 13 miles (21 kilometres) from downtown St. Louis and is accessible via the MetroLink light rail system.
  • Saint Louis is located at the crossroads of four US interstates (I-70, I-55, I-44 and I-64), with four interstate linkages providing further connectivity (I-255, I-170, I-270 and I-370)

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways (number and length):
    • Runway 12R/30L: 11,019 x 200 ft (3,359 x 61m)
    • Runway 12L/30R: 9,003 x 150 ft (2744 x 46m)
    • Runway 11/29: 9,001 x 150 ft (2,743 x 46m)
    • Runway 6/24: 7,602 x 150 ft (2,317 x 46 m)
  • Slot Coordinated: No slots or curfews
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Terminal: 2

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • STL has embarked upon a multi-year modernization and renovation program, named “The Airport Experience”, to redefine and improve the passenger experience through terminal enhancements. The program includes:
  • Renovation of concourses
  • New airline ticketing counters
  • New signage and directories
  • Improved baggage delivery systems
  • Restoration of the iconic domed ceiling

Vital statistics in 2013

  • Passenger numbers:  12,570,128 (Domestic: 12,405,217, International: 164,911)
  • Freight/Mail: 142,322,774 LBS
  • Largest carrier: Southwest Airlines operating almost 600 departures per week across a network of over 30 destinations.