Runway to Nowhere? Lambert Prepares to Open $1.1B Runway Planned in Better Days

VISION * Congestion at Lambert Field in the 1990s was expected to increase. * Weather delays were aggravated by the placement of existing runways. REALITY * Traffic fell after 9/11 and when American Airlines cut flights...

"I just wish we were still a hub," said Rachel Rubin, waiting with her teenage daughter, Julia Rubin, at an airport Starbucks. "It's just a shame it's so much harder to find flights out of here."

Jeff Mueller mostly flies as a business traveler. He recalled the lines and stressful delays he used to encounter at Lambert. "I've not waited more than 10 minutes for a flight in a while," he said. As for the runway, he shrugged and said, "At this point, it doesn't seem like we need it."

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