The Saint Louis Metropolitan area is home to three large airports. Lambert-St. Louis International to the Northwest of the city, Scott Air Force Base-Mid America Airport to the East in Illinois and Spirit of St. Louis Airport to the far West in Chesterfield.

Lambert is St. Louis’ main airport. Its largest carriers are American and Southwest and there is a host of other airlines that connect Lambert to their hubs. Delta, Continental, United, US Airways, and Air Canada use terminal A.  Airtan is in Terminal B, American uses terminal C, Frontier and USA 3000 are in D terminal and finally Southwest is in the East terminal (E).

Lambert recently underwent extensive upgrades. The main terminal bagagge carousels have been replaced and the Main Terminal domes have been beautifully renovated.

American architect Minoru Yamasaki designed Lambert Airport’s mid-1950′s main terminal which is known for its use of concrete vaults and which greatly influenced subsequent American terminal design. He later designed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the American Embassy in Kobe, Japan. Similar terminal designs can be found at Dulles Airport near Washington, DC and the former TWA terminal (now JetBlue) at JFK Airport in Queens, New York, both by Eero Saarinen.

Lamberts elegant domes by Minoru Yamasaki

Lambert's elegant domes by Minoru Yamasaki

Two new restaurants recently opened in the main terminal. Missouri Vineyards, an upscale grill and bar that focuses on local foods and wines from area vineyards. The other, Brioche Dorée, is a French-style café that offers fresh breads and pastries, hand made sandwiches, salads and custom roasted coffees. The restaurants hours are: M-F 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Brioche Doree and Missouri Vineyards

Brioche Doree and Missouri Vineyards

Nice airplane views from Missouri Vineyards

Nice airplane views from Missouri Vineyards

Lambert Airport has three security checkpoints. One at the A gates, two at the B, C and D gates and one at the East Terminal for the D and E gates.

Security checkpoint B,C and D Gates

Security checkpoint B,C and D Gates

An American Boeing 757 departing for Los Angeles

An American 757 departing for Los Angeles

Renovated Jetway C 31

Renovated jetway C 31

CNBC store in C Terminal

CNBC store in C Terminal

Aside from the brand new baggage handling system, the main baggage claim area has been upgraded with displays of St. Louis landmarks like the University City Loop, Cathedral Basilica, Contemporary Art Museum and the Gateway Arch.

New displays at Main Baggage Claim

New displays at Main Baggage Claim

Gateway Arch digital display

Gateway Arch digital display

For more information about Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as well as departure and arrival gates and times,  go to FLYSTL.COM