by Sam Levin
Some development news this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport: A jet company is moving in!
Airport officials announced yesterday that Jet Linx, a company that offers private jet services for its members, will have a new base in St. Louis utilizing facilities formerly used for the Missouri Air National Guard. The airport has already begun renovating two former military buildings to create the private terminal and hangar for Jet Linx St. Louis, LLC, which is an affiliate of the Omaha-based entity. The company has locations in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Omaha, San Antonio and Scottsdale.
The site takes up two acres west of Lambert's Terminal 1 and the airport commission and city of St. Louis have approved a ten-year lease with the company.
Operations are set to begin in September.
The National Guard facilities were downsized in 2009 when a majority of operations relocated to Whiteman Air Force Base.
Over the last two years, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of the airport, has sought new private uses for the facilities, which are under a long-term lease by the government.
Members of this private company will be treated like royalty:
Jet Linx St. Louis is accessed off Lambert International Boulevard just west of the Terminal 1 at Lambert. Members enter through a security gate and have the option of pulling up to the aircraft or the terminal building where a customer service representative will greet the member, park their car, and take their luggage to the aircraft. Inside the terminal will be a lounge, boardroom, fully stocked bar, Wi-Fi and amenities catered to their needs.
Here's the full press release:
Private Jet Provider, Jet Linx, Launches in St. Louis
Former Military Facilities Being Converted for Private Flight Operations at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
(St. Louis, Mo.- August 21, 2013) The conversion of some former Missouri Air National Guard (MOANG) facilities at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is underway for the creation of a new base for Jet Linx, a company that offers private jet services for its members.
Renovations have begun on two former military buildings to create a private terminal and hangar for Jet Linx St. Louis, LLC, an affiliate of Jet Linx Aviation of Omaha, NE. Currently, there are eight other Jet Linx locations across the country: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Omaha, San Antonio and Scottsdale. The renovations sit on two acres west of Lambert's Terminal 1 on the south side of the airfield. The St. Louis Airport Commission and the City of St. Louis approved a 10-year lease with the Jet Linx St. Louis, LLC. Following renovations, operations at the new Jet Linx facilities are scheduled to begin in September.
The MOANG facilities at Lambert were downsized in 2009 with a majority of operations relocated to Whiteman Air Force Base. In the past two years, Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge led an effort to explore new private uses for some of the facilities which were under a long-term lease by the government. MOANG leaders agreed to relinquish a portion of its leasehold and relocate additional military operations to other St. Louis facilities making it possible for new uses in a portion of the MOANG complex at Lambert.
"Working with Jet Linx and the Missouri Air National Guard on this exchange was a great example of government and private sector co-operation on a venture that benefits Lambert and the St. Louis Region," Hamm-Niebruegge said.
"We are thrilled to be investing in the economic development of St. Louis and the continued expansion of Lambert International" said Jim Mauzé, Base President of Jet Linx St. Louis, "We pride ourselves on local operations and see tremendous potential for growth now and in the future."