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Tech Scene Sparks Southwest Expansion at Lambert

But will more people increase the crush for space in Terminal 2?
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - What’s the story behind Southwest Airlines’ latest addition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport?

The new destination — San Francisco — is, in part, a result of St. Louis’ emerging start-up, research, and innovation scene, according to Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. She told KMOX News that more seats are being filled between St. Louis and Silicon Valley.

“I think that plays an important role,” she said. “We’re seeing those numbers increase. We’re also seeing it from the Wash. U. perspective — the San Francisco market is huge.”

Hamm-Niebruegge said California has been a priority of her route recruitment efforts.

In addition to San Francisco, Southwest is adding an additional daily flight each to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., giving both three non-stops a day.

Will the new additions increase a crush for space in Terminal 2? It depends on the timing.

Hamm-Niebruegge hopes the new flights are scheduled during off-peak times. She also notes that next month’s removal of baggage scanning equipment next to the Terminal 2 ticket counters will free up space.

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