St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The largest airline at Lambert Airport is preparing to expand.
On September 20, Southwest Airlines will introduce new, non-stop service from St. Louis to San Francisco. Additional flights to Washington DC and Los Angeles are also being added. Flights to DCA will increase from two to three starting on November, 2nd. Service to LAX will also increase to three daily flights.
Southwest is currently Lambert Airport’s largest carrier. They handle 91 daily departures to 33 non-stop destinations.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recorded a dip in passenger activity for 2013. The decrease was about one percent overall, or a drop off of about 112-thousand passengers.
The airport did serve over 12.5 million passengers last year. Lambert reported a positive finish to 2013 with an increase in passenger travel of nearly 2.5 percent in December.
That was a rebound after November saw the biggest monthly drop in passenger travel for the year. For 2013, Southwest Airlines remained the top carrier with a nearly 49 percent market share.
American is Lambert’s second biggest carrier with about a 15-percent share of the market.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators say Southwest Airlines pilots who recently landed at the wrong airport in Missouri have told them they were confused by the small airport's runway lights.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday the pilots of the Boeing 737 with 124 passengers on board told investigators they saw the bright runway lights of Graham Clark Downtown Airport, located in Hollister and mistakenly identified it as the larger Branson Airport, which is seven miles away.
NTSB said the pilots contacted the Branson control tower and were told they were 15 miles from their target. But the pilots responded they had the runway in sight. They were cleared to land.
The Downtown Airport runway is half as long as the Branson runway. The runways are oriented in a similar direction.
Southwest plans to offer one daily flight each to Chicago, Dallas and Houston.
Airport officials say Southwest will add a second daily flight to Chicago starting in June.