Delta gets Seoul
Delta Air Lines will begin daily nonstop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Seoul next year, adding a key international destination for Twin Cities passengers. The move gives the Twin Cities greater access to Asia and helps Delta fortify its presence at its new Korean hub. “It’s going to be an incredible opportunity for the local community. It’ll be great,” said Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian. “It will also create a world-class operating experience” for Delta. The service, which will start sometime next summer, will use the airline’s newly upgraded Boeing 777 aircraft. Last year, Delta formed a joint venture with Korean Air. After a few bumps, the two carriers have formed a strong relationship that makes it the largest trans-Pacific operator.
Kristen Leigh Painter
Worst airport Wi-Fi in U. S.?
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s Wi-Fi connection was ranked only 22nd out of 24 large North American airports in a new survey by software firm Ookla, which runs Speedtest.net. Seattle-Tacoma International took the top place, reaching 103 Mbps. By contrast, MSP clocked in with a download speed of only 7.65 Mbps. The only slower Wi-Fi speeds were both in Canada: Toronto and Montreal, with download speeds of 7.1 and 6.4 Mbps, respectively. Denver came in second with 78.7 Mbps. Three major U.S. hubs — Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit and Miami — saw speed declines ranging from 26 percent to 59 percent over the past year. The world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, saw the largest one-year improvement in speed, jumping to 59.6 Mbps from 2.7 Mbps.
Bourdain reruns live on
There’s a glimmer of heartening news for Anthony Bourdain fans who have been taking solace in his globe-trotting culinary adventures in the wake of his death on June 8. Netflix announced that it has extended licensing rights for “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” enabling the streaming giant to continue offering the travel and food series for several months past its original June 16 expiration date. After the popular chef and TV host died at age 61, both the Travel Channel and CNN offered tributes by revisiting Bourdain’s programs, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.” The Travel Channel announced that it will continue to re-air episodes of “No Reservations” through July 3. CNN also has plans to air two unreleased episodes of “Parts Unknown,” featuring Mardi Gras and Bhutan, at a later date.
Los Angeles Times
Family fun in Jamaica
Find your way to Half Moon Bay, the iconic Jamaican resort, where you’ll find a multitude of ways to enjoy family time within 400 beachfront acres. Young guests are greeted with their own welcome drink and invited to discover the Anancy Children’s Village, a play area designed to showcase Jamaica’s rich heritage through storytelling and island-style activities. Settle into rooms, suites or villas before choosing from a menu of activities that include an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis and water sports such as scuba diving, parasailing, wakeboarding and tubing. The use of kayaks, pedal boats, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling gear are included in your stay. Experience a beach BBQ to sample local specialties including a variety of jerk dishes. While dining, you’ll be treated to steel band and congo drum performances, fire-eaters, dancers and even crab racing (halfmoon.com).