Lambert-St. Louis Airport Looking at Possible Name Change

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – Lambert-St. Louis International Airport could be heading toward a name change.

Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says they’re trying to better connect the airport with the region.

The region’s airport commission is suggesting the name St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field.

“When we’re over in Europe, or when we’re talking to people around the world, and you say ‘Lambert,’ they don’t know where Lambert is,” she says. “They don’t know that it’s in Mid-America. They don’t know that it is in St. Louis and what region it’s part of.”

But what about airports like O’Hare, JFK and Reagan? Hamm-Niebruegge says those names are more prominent — and also points to Dallas Fort-Worth, San Francisco and Los Angeles as examples of city-centric airports.

The airport is named for Albert Bond Lambert, who learned to fly with the Wright Brothers. The airport says Lambert was responsible for bringing the 1923 International Air Races to St. Louis. Lambert also was one of the first financial backers for Charles Lindbergh’s famous non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927 aboard the plane dubbed the “Spirit of St. Louis.”

The airport commission votes on the idea next month.

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