New Lambert Runway Catches Flak

Longtime critics of Lambert Field's runway expansion say the decision to leave a maintenance building near the eastern edge of the airstrip flies in the face of what the $1.1 billion project was intended for: landings in all kinds of weather conditions.

Airport officials say the runway is key to recouping flights, rather than alleviating the backups that occurred several years ago. It's scheduled to start handling flights April 13.

"The runway is still needed to support the growth and increased operations, and to attract new air carriers to St. Louis," Slay said.

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