An underused runway at Lambert Airport in St. Louis has new occupants -- honeybees.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the St. Louis Airport Authority has approved a three-year lease with Robins Apiaries, with plans to keep bee hives on a 400-square-foot piece of land north of the third parallel runway. The airport will get $75 a year in rent.
The beekeeper, 76-year-old Jim Robins, was drawn to the location because of the plentiful supply of white Dutch clover near the runways, and the lack of pesticides.
The runway was conceived in the 1990s when Lambert was a hub airport for Trans World Airlines. TWA is now defunct and American Airlines has steadily reduced its flight schedule at Lambert, leaving little use for the third landing strip.