The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the 2023 master plan from St Louis Lambert International Airport.

The new master plan lays out proposed improvements that will meet air travel demand at the Missouri airport until 2040. It includes consolidating all commercial airline passenger activities into a single new terminal, along with roadway improvements, and a larger parking garage. The new consolidated terminal will sit on the site of Terminal 1, which dates from 1956, with only its historic domes being retained. Terminal 2, which has been used by Southwest Airlines since 1998, will be repurposed.

St Louis Lambert International Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge responded to the FAA’s approval, saying: “The plan was publicly presented in May 2022, and while now approved by the FAA, is still subject to the agency’s environmental review process as well as airline commitments of financial support.

“STL and the FAA held a public scoping meeting last December to gather input from the public and governmental agencies about their environmental concerns to be addressed in the environmental planning process. Environmental planning is expected to start later this year and will include another public meeting, and airline negotiations are ongoing. STL expects to start architectural design next year.”

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