St. Louis Lambert International Airport serves St. Louis, Missouri, and southern Illinois. It is located within 14 miles northwest of city St. Louis. The airport is primarily known as 'Lambert Field' or just 'Lambert.' Nowadays, the airport mostly serves as a step-down from major hubs like Chicago, New-York, and Dallas. It is considered the most significant and busiest airport in the area with a quantity of over 259 daily departures. Currently, the airport has connections to more than 65 non-stop destinations via 11 different airline carriers. Southwest Airlines is the biggest carrier at St. Louis, and the airport serves as a hub for Air Choice and Cape Air.
The airport has been named after an Olympic medalist and local industrialist Albert Bond Lambert, a prominent St. Louis aviator who served in the U.S. Army during World War I and managed to reach the rank of Major. In 1909, Lambert purchased his first airplane and, in 1911, led to becoming the first St. Louis resident to hold a pilot's license. In 1920, Major and Missouri Aeronautical Society leased the territory of 170 acres of farmland to provide airfield space for the city. Lambert was the one who paid the rent and improved the field at his own expense. It was also his achievement to bring International Air Races to the city of St. Louis, and therefore it was named in recognition of his efforts. In 1925 he bought Kinloch Field, northwest of St. Louis, and used it for hot air balloon ascensions and first international air meet. In three years, Albert sold the field with all of its improvements to the city of St. Louis. Later, St. Louis Lambert International Airport became one of the first municipal airports in the United States.
Since 2008 St. Louis Lambert International Airport has invested more than 150 million dollars in modernizing its airport facilities in improving the travel experience for 15 million residents and visitors who travel through the airport every year.
As the primary airport in the area St. Louis Lambert International Airport covers 2800 acres of land. Due to the latest official data, the number of passengers traveling annually through the airport is over 15 million.