What we’re reading: New JetBlue service from LGA & DCA, world’s best airport restaurants, new ATC tests in Seattle


JetBlue’s new and increased service from New York LaGuardia and Ronald Reagan Washington National take flight today

On Monday, JetBlue launched new service from New York LaGuardia and Ronald Reagan Washington National to Florida and increased service to other cities.

At LaGuardia, JetBlue now offers daily service to three new Florida destinations including Fort Myers (RSW), Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) and Tampa (TPA). Tampa will be served twice daily, while Fort Myers and Sarasota/Bradenton will each be served with one daily flight. In addition, JetBlue is doubling its LaGuardia to Orlando service, adding two more daily flights for a total of four.

Air fare: The world’s best airport restaurants

While a majority of airport restaurants may never be the top spot for dining, there are some that are worth checking out.

Many of the chefs involved are Michelin-starred, and their offerings rate alongside the finest restaurants in their cities.

The better restaurants that are located in the public areas of their respective airports, such as Hong Kong’s Hung’s Delicacies and La Moraga in Malaga, Spain, have become magnets for non-traveling locals, achieving the hitherto unthinkable by turning the airport into a foodie destination.

Sea-Tac airliner NextGen ATC tests could yield quieter, more efficient landings

Many automobile drivers are used to navigating using satellites when they use their GPS devices. Now, four airlines landing at Seattle-Tacoma airport will test new air traffic control technology during the landing phase.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Monday evening, Alaska Airlines flight 432 from Los Angeles will be the first passenger flight into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport guided down to the runway by signals from a satellite.

Flying along invisible but precise pathways, jets in the trial will smoothly descend with engines at idle until near the runway, saving fuel and reducing emissions.

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