Lambert International Airport

North St. Louis County has several valuable transportation features. It is home to St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which ranks 32nd in the nation for air travel. The Airport has non-stop flights to 60 domestic and international destinations including Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. It has two terminals with five concourses that service both cargo and passenger airliners.

Recently, there have been efforts to create an international cargo program in partnership with Mexico. The program would establish the airport, and St. Louis more broadly, as a key hub for imports and exports from Mexico.5 The region and specifically North St. Louis County are working towards making the area a international transportation hub.

Within the past 5 years Lambert has invested over $50 million in improving passenger’s experience. These improvements include relocation of C Concourse checkpoint to accommodate the latest passenger screening equipment; introducing brighter ceiling treatments in the lower level that includes programmable LED light fixtures on structural columns; a new atrium to connect ticketing and lower levels; new baggage claim restrooms; renovation of existing restrooms; new ticket counters and terrazzo flooring on the upper level Ticketing Hall; new signage and directories. Lambert has also created three indoor Service Animal Relief Areas throughout the airport. This is another step in improving passenger’s experience and helps the airport more competitive and user-friendly.

New in 2017, the Airport has been certified as a USDA Port of Embarkation. This allows the Airport to participate in the charters of live animals to and from the US. The central location of North St. Louis County makes it ideal for transportation—especially air, freight, and multimodal. In addition to utilizing the transportation resources already available in North St. Louis County, there has been a push by transit-orientated companies to establish the area as the go-to for logistical needs. This is a burgeoning area which has continued to grow without signs of slowing down.