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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport saw was it deemed a "healthy jump to the 2012" with more travelers come through its doors during the first quarter of the year.
Enplanements, which are the number of passengers boarding an aircraft at an airport, were logged in at 1.4 million passengers for the quarter. This is a 3.4 percent over 2011 figures at the same time, according to airport spokesman Jeff Lea.
Enplanements do not include arriving or through passengers. But even stronger is Lambert’s connecting traffic which is up 13 percent for the first quarter.
“We had a great surge of traffic in February over last year and spring break travel continued to really push through this first part of spring,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebrueggem in a statement. “We’re excited to see that the positive growth we saw in 2011 is gaining even more momentum through the first of this year.”
The most dramatic increase was in February, when boardings rose 8 percent and connecting traffic rose 22 percent from February 2011, according to Lea.
The airline operated an average of 85 daily departures in the first quarter, an increase of four flights per day over the same time period in 2011.
Southwest Airlines recorded the biggest gain in passengers in the first quarter with a 6 percent increase. Southwest is Lambert’s anchor carrier with 46 percent seat share.
If you've been to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's website, you'll notice that it's not difficult to navigate. Flystl.com isn't the most interactive website, but it certainly isn't the worst. The airport plans to get out of the middle territory with a soon-to-launch website re-design that was announced via Twitter on Monday. No details have been provided yet as to what to expect from the revamped site.