Lambert Saint Louis International Airport (IATA: STL, ICAO: KSTL, FAA LID: STL) is an international airport serving Greater St. Louis. It
is about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of downtown St. Louis between Berkeley and Bridgeton.
The airport lies outside the St. Louis city limits in St. Louis County. Portions of the airport are located in the cities of Berkeley
and Bridgeton.It is the largest and busiest airport in the state with
255 daily departures to about 90 domestic and international locations.
In 2011, nearly 13 million passengers traveled through the airport. The airport serves as a focus city for Southwest Airlines.
The airport grew from a balloon launching base, Kinloch Field, part of the 1890s Kinloch Park suburban development. The Wright brothers and their Exhibition
Team visited the field while touring with their aircraft. During a visit to St. Louis, Theodore Roosevelt flew with pilot Arch Hoxsey on October 11, 1910,
becoming the first U.S. president to fly. Later, Kinloch hosted the first experimental parachute jump.
As of May 2012, the airport is on a significant upswing, with traffic up by about 14%. Southwest Airlines has also announced that over the next few years,
they will add several new routes out of Lambert International. Lambert has said they are in talks with Delta Air Lines and American Airlines to try and land
a route to London. St. Louis is the largest market in the United States that does not have a flight to Europe.