Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - There's a unique plan for all the unused space in the concourses at Lambert St. Louis airport. Departures are about half what they used to be when Lambert was a TWA hub. Now airport officials are welcoming outside companies to comes lease the extra space.
It's no secret that the airline industry and airports have gone through some big changes since 9/11 and airline mergers, but Lambert is trying to be proactive in generating revenue.
"Airports are struggling, struggling, trying to meet the demands of this changing industry, trying to reinvent themselves," says airport director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
According to her, they are about to make some changes which includes converting part of concourse B to office space.
"Its got its own restrooms, it's an open space that has access to the rest of the terminal," she describes. "So from a parking perspective, from a restaurant perspective or a food perspective that's here as well."
So who would want office space at the airport?
Hamm-Niebruegge says they've talked to companies that do a lot of travel making it a no-brainer to be located at the airport.
What other changes are coming to Lambert? Possibly more parking.
81 spaces were just added in terminal 2 and they are working to create more spots. Otherwise Hamm-Niebruegge says they may look at transforming part of concourse D for surface parking.
Travelers say more parking is always a good thing.
"They let us in but they said there probably wouldn't be any place to park," says Tony Bergman who's stopping at Lambert to pick someone up.
Others seem to have no issues with finding a spot at the airport.
"Today it was good, got in, parked the car and no problems," says Christine Schaefer.
"It's very easy for me to do it, I come down here at least five times a year," say Kurt Bray.
Hamm-Niebruegge says they are keeping an eye on what other airports are doing around the country and are always up for suggestions..
There is no timeline when it comes to the office space but the director says if a company wanted to move in tomorrow they would try to make it happen.
As for remodeling, there may have to do a little it all just depends on what type of company goes in.