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Lambert opens refurbished C Concourse after twister

Lambert opens refurbished C Concourse after twister


The C Concourse at Lambert-St Louis International Airport was bustling with activity this morning after extensive repairs that took nearly one year to complete.

St. Louis officials formally reopened the concourse that was heavily damaged by an EF4 tornado that roared through north St. Louis County last April.

"It looks great," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. "It certainly has the apperance of a brand-new terminal."

Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said the repairs coincided with a planned major renovation. The two efforts, which totaled nearly $15 million, resulted in a brighter, more modern look, officials said.

Airlines were moved to the B and D concourses while the renovations were under way. Hamm-Niebruegge said the repairs were completed ahead of schedule.

Kathleen "Kitty" Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission,  said the appearance of Lambert's gates and concourses makes "an important first impression" to out-of-town visitors.

"When people step off that plane, it's the first thing they see in St. Louis," Ratcliffe said.

She said the new brighter look - including colorful glass screen designed by local artists - is an important improvement. 


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Ken Leiser is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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