File photo of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, taken March 2017.

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Southwest, Lambert Airport Wait for $23 Million Baggage Claim Upgrade

The “Memorandum of Agreement” outlines an estimated $23 million project.

October 03, 2018 - 8:00 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - (UPDATED 3:34 p.m.) The St. Louis Airport Commission has given initial approval of an agreement with Southwest Airlines to expand and renovate the Terminal 2 baggage claim and its inbound baggage system at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.  

The “Memorandum of Agreement” outlines an estimated $23 million project that must still be approved by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen.

Previous reporting:

There's more flights and more room for your luggage coming to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. 

Terminal 2 has grown from being the quaint and quiet 'East Terminal' to the busiest part of the airport. Southwest is now the dominant airline here, and has grown its gates by taking over parts of TWA's old concourse D.

But there's still a bottleneck when picking up baggage. That's why Southwest is putting up more than $16 million to update the bottom floor of Terminal 2.

The 10,500 sq-foot project will cost $23 million in all, and it will replace the two current luggage carousels and add a third. 

Related: Lambert Adds New Security Lanes to Southwest Terminal

The plan could get approval at an airport commission meeting Wednesday. 

Related: Lambert Airport Expected to Take-Off for Sunnier Country

Meantime, Wednesday is also the day Sun Country Airlines begins service in St. Louis.

The airline that's new to St. Louis will fly twice a week to Ft. Myers, Fla., and the first plane takes off at 3:30 p.m.

After today's flights, the airline will fly in and out of St. Louis only on Thursdays and Sundays.