Associated Press and KMOV
Posted on April 26, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Tuesday, Apr 26 at 2:26 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lambert Airport in St. Louis is back to operating at capacity as it continues to recover from severe tornado damage.
The airport was closed Friday after the tornado hit. It was at 85 percent capacity Monday and officials say it is now at 100 percent capacity.
Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says that any cancelations at this point are airline or weather issues, not issues at Lambert.
Lambert officials credit the quick recovery partly to being able to use gates inside Concourse D that had been closed last year. The St. Louis Airport Authority reluctantly closed the gates after American Airlines reduced its flights from St. Louis.
Hamm-Niembruegge says that there is still a lot of work being done at the airport.
Engineers are expected to determine this week which terminal facilities can be rebuilt and which ones will have to be replaced.
Lambert’s insurance agents visited the airport on Monday. The total cost of the damage is not known at this time.
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