I do agree that Niebrugge has done a fantastic job for STL. I do wonder if she's not doing enough. BNA has a smaller metro but has been able to lure NK,B6 & BA as well as DL to BOS & SEA. All of which STL has not.
As mentioned above, O&D traffic, economic conditions, and the nature of how those airlines expand and from where they fly certainly has a lot to do with it. I'm sure the airport is constantly in talks with all of those airlines (and more) to get feelers, if nothing else. B6 might work here, but might not simply due to their preference in markets. NK I wouldn't be surprised to show up here at some point, but again, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't, either. I can definitely see DL adding one, two, or even all of BOS, SEA, and JFK from STL. They would have to play it smart, though.
I'm late to the game here, but what in the world are they installing gates at C29 and C30 for? Aren't there several unused gates on the south side of the C concourse already? It makes more sense to keep re-opening parts of D. Regardless of my opinion, I'll be interested to see what it looks like back there. I went back to C28 last time I was in town (late at night) and it was eerie back there. Not a great first impression of St. Louis.
Jshank knows more about it, but IIRC, it's primarily to relieve pressure during peaks and offer extra capacity for new destinations/airlines going forward. Not sure what you mean by the southern gates - I'm pretty sure all of them in C up to C27/C28 are used at least semi-regularly. The only other place they could put in extra jetways before the end of the concourse would be the first few C gates (C1, C3, etc.) that are currently used as ramp space by the EAS carriers.
Curious to know this.
In light of all the terminal expansion/replacement projects going on at airports, both large and mid-sized, around the country, has there been any serious talk of building a new terminal complex at STL to modernize facilities and consolidate everything in one terminal (like MCI and PIT are doing)?
It seems STL would have an easier time doing it if they wanted to than some of its rivals, considering the amount of gate space on D they could use while hypothetically speaking A,B and C were torn down and rebuilt into a singular concourse.
A singular concourse for T1 has long been discussed for STL by 'outsiders' like us here (hell, concepts have even been created for it). While there would certainly be benefits to doing so, I'm not sure the airport has the motive (or necessarily the means) to do so as long as the current system "works", which, I mean, it technically does. From a cost/benefit analysis perspective, it probably makes more sense to just keep what's left of the vacant spaces mothballed till they're needed again and then 'cheaply' (relatively speaking) renovate and reactivate them - no new construction required, no real hassle , no workarounds needed. There's also the ability to exercise the option on the midfield terminal at some point, if needed, though that would be a long
We've also seen in the past where large capital expenditures at peer airports haven't exactly had the positive effect on traffic that the planners were hoping for, simply because the costs are passed on to the airlines. While new terminals certainly look very good, that doesn't always mean that the market will react very favorably towards them. I'm totally for a new/consolidated terminal/concourse at Lambert, but it has to make financial sense first. Lambert's still paying off the runway, and only recently have really "recovered" from that expense. Not to mention there's the whole 'privatization' boondoggle to sort out, first.
Echo the sentiment for the upstairs pictures though, especially of the Ambassador's Lounge.