Today Lambert (STL) will open it’s new runway with the first arrival of JetCorp 150 carrying airport dignitaries.
LAMBERT AIRPORT TO OPEN NEW RUNWAY ON THURSDAY
Dignitaries will cut the ribbon Thursday on the new 9,000-foot runway at Lambert Airport. The billion-dollar project is the most expensive in St. Louis history and many argue that it wasn’t necessary. The runway was approved in 1998 when Lambert was TWA’s primary hub, but since then American Airlines bought TWA and pulled the hub from St. Louis. Last year traffic at the airport was 36% lower than the time before 9/11. The city of Berkeley was most affected by this new runway and Mayor Kyra Watson said on FOX 2 News in the Morning, “My opinion right now is that this a regional issue. There are many jobs that are leaving this area, and we need to do everything we can to import jobs and maintain what we have. So looking at it from a regional picture, I hope it’s something that is very successful.” Mayor Watson said the buyout to make way for the runway was tough on her city, but the new southeast Berkeley development is helping to bring jobs back into the area.