Found this on UrbanSTL site. Posted there and thought it was pretty impressive. I fly back and forth from STL on Southwest and find the airport in STL very nice. It just feels like a big airport to me, especially flying out of KCI. Our new airport will help, but not sure if it will have that "wow" or "big" feel though.
Cool Video of St. Louis Lambert International Airport Terminal 2 - E Concourse from gates E34 to E16 found on YouTube. https://youtu.be/URHrV5w-yDo
All any of us have seen are those few drawings that came out of what our new terminal could look like. From them, I agree that our airport may not have the "big feel" but we will 100% have the "wow".
Additionally, I think that part of the "big feel" in STL is a disadvantage. Ex.the long walks are not a selling point for airlines. if SWA keeps expanding the long walks will become exponentially worse.
Despite what Urban STl says, I think that KC still has a good chance of taking flights from STL. KCI Advantages:
bigger catchment area, farther from Chicago Hub, Built to order New Terminal, lower fees, ability for SWA gates to be much closer to each other than at STL.(which is very good for connections), some SWA maintenance is done at KCI Overhaul, KCI Disadvantages:
No potential for growth until 2021STL Advatages:
Current SWA buildup(including international gateway). Lots of existing empty space. STL Disadvatages:
Terminal is old. The terminal needs significant upgrades(like baggage). The terminal makes walks between gates much longer than needed, will get exponetially worse if they expand into the skinny unused terminal. The airport is expensive to operate from. STL has a smaller catchment area and is relatively close to Chicago.