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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is expecting a busier holiday travel season in 2011, which will continue the trend of steady passenger growth seen throughout the year. Lambert, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other Airport partners are preparing for a strong Thanksgiving rush which will begin on the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the holiday, with a forecast of 23,000 travelers flying out on each of those days. As in years past, the biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving, with an expected 26,000 passengers departing the
Airport on November 27.

Lambert has seen an increase in passenger travel in seven out of nine months for 2011. September, the latest month for statistics, showed a passenger increase of 4.1 percent over the same time in 2010. Lambert and the TSA suggest a number of tips to help travelers during the busy travel days ahead:

  • Allow 90 mins-2 hours maximum ahead of a
    flight.
  • Liquids must be in 3.4 ounce containers or
    less; put in quart size, clear, plastic zip-top bag.
  • Children under 12 do NOT have to remove their
    shoes.
  • Remember to retrieve all items from the
    checkpoint after they pass through the security scanners.
  • For more information on security, traveling
    with children or traveling with food and gifts, go to www.tsa.gov.

With the combination of the holiday rush and typical stresses of air travel, Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says all Airport employees will be focused on customer service this holiday season.  “We understand families are traveling for the holiday season and it’s a special time. Our employees will continue to focus on customer service as we do with our Catch Us Giving program.” she said.

“We will do everything we can to ensure passengers’ safety and provide a pleasant airport experience,” said William Switzer, Federal Security Director for St. Louis.

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