More going on at Lambert Airport than just a possible name change

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Big changes are on the way and are happening right now at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

As Fox 2 News reported Wednesday, Lambert may get a new name. At the same time, things are starting to take off at the airport that’s gone through its share of challenges.

If everything goes as planned, Lambert may soon be known as St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field. A survey showed only 17 out of 600 people knew why the airport has “Lambert” in its name.

The airport was named after its founder, Albert Bond Lambert, an Olympic golfer who medaled in the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis. Lambert was also one of the founding members of the Aero Club of St. Louis. He became the city’s first licensed pilot after receiving lessons from Orville Wright. In 1925, Lambert purchased the land that would become the airport.

People calling for the name change said it would be better for marketing the airport. They said it would be good for potential visitors to St. Louis to find it on the internet.

“I think we can agree if we make it easier to find and book a flight to St. Louis that’s good for business that’s good for everybody,” said Brian Hall, Explore St. Louis.

Business has been booming at the airport. The airport rebounded from the 2010 low in passenger air service. 2015 was the busiest year since 2010. Last year, 12.8 million passengers came through Lambert Airport. In the past year alone, Lambert added 12 new non-stops. Officials are still working to return the airport to the glory days when St. Louis folks could travel to European cities non-stop.

The name change will be taken up at the next airport commission meeting. The measure also needs approval of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.