Lambert St. Loius Intl Airport Information

Lambert St. Louis International Airport has a fascinating aviation history. The airport was the site of the first presidential flight and the location where Charles Lindbergh obtained his first civilian aviation job. The commercial airfield is named in recognition of Albert Lambert. He constructed the airport at his own expense and then leased the airfield to the city for $1.00 a year. The airport served as a military airfield during World War II.

After the war, the airport resumed commercial passenger service. To meet the increased demand for air travel, the city commissioned Minoru Yamasaki to design a new terminal building. The architect completed his futuristic structure in 1956. The terminal served as the architectural template for subsequent airports, such as Charles De Gaulle near Paris and John F. Kennedy in New York. Inside the terminal buildings, travelers can view a five-panel mural reflecting African Americans throughout aviation history. Charles Lindbergh’s personal plane hangs from the ceiling in Terminal 1. In pop culture, Lambert Field has been the backdrop of television shows and movies, including Seinfeld, Silence of the Lambs and Up in the Air.

The airport has a bank, ATMs, eateries, an interfaith chapel as well as meeting and banquet accommodations. Language assistance and a USO Lounge are available in Terminal 1. The airport provides complimentary services for groups, such as welcoming tables. Internet access is a fee-based service. There are two rest areas for service animals and pets. St. Louis International has two parking garages, four surface lots and two cell phone waiting areas. The rental car counters are located inside Terminal 1. Complimentary shuttle buses transport passengers between the terminals, parking facilities and rental car locations. The airport parking lot can accommodate oversize vehicles.

Located 10 miles northwest of the city, Lambert St. Louis International serves more than 12.5 million passengers each year. It is the largest commercial airfield in Missouri and the 31st most active in the country.