Lambert Closed Indefinitely Due to Severe Storm Damage

Dépèche transmise le 23 avril 2011 par Business Wire

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is closed indefinitely after severe storm damage on the evening of Friday, April 22.

“We are working with all the airlines to assess damage, at this time we do not believe any aircraft was damaged”

Initially, four people were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

All inbound and outbound flights are cancelled at Lambert until further notice pending safety and operational assessments to determine the full extent of damage to the airport complex and the surrounding area.

At this time, it appears that Terminal 1 and Concourse C suffered the most damage from the storm with high winds that blew out up to 50 percent of windows and caused roof damage as well. There is also considerable storm damage at the entrances of the airport and along roadways.

People with scheduled flights or those planning to pick up arriving passengers should not come to the Airport without checking the status of their flights with their airlines.

“We are working with all the airlines to assess damage, at this time we do not believe any aircraft was damaged," said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Lambert- St. Louis Int’l Airport Director.

St. Louis City and St. Louis County emergency management teams are assisting with the clean-up of the airport and surrounding areas. The airport will be working around the clock to determine the full extent of damage.

Next Media Update: Saturday, April 23 10 a.m. CDT, at the JoAnne Wayne Conference Room in Terminal 1, Lower Level.

Lambert is the 30th busiest airport in the U.S. as ranked by Airports Council International North America. Lambert served more than 12.3 million passengers in 2010. Lambert St. Louis International Airport is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of St. Louis. It is wholly supported by airport user charges. No general fund revenues are used for the operation, administration, promotion or maintenance of airport facilities. For more information on flights and services at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, log onto www.flystl.com.

Business Wire

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