Inbox: Transportation miscellany edition

For whatever reason, our inbox of late has been crammed tighter than a fully loaded 737 with stuff about transportation, human and otherwise.

• Travel + Leisure magazine says Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the eighth-best airport in America and ranks it No. 1 for coffee (duh) and No. 2 for Wi-Fi. For you travel nerds, the best airports, in order, are MSP, CLT, DTW, MCO, SFO, BWI, LAS, SEA, DEN and MIA. The worst are LGA, LAX, PHL, JFK, EWR, ORD, IAD, BOS, IAH and ATL.

Allegiant Air plans to build a 9,000-square-foot terminal building at Bellingham International Airport, the Bellingham Herald reports.

• The luxury express-bus business is finally coming to the Northwest. Greyhound-owned BoltBus will begin service from downtown Seattle to downtown Portland on May 17. The buses will have extra leg room, leather seats, power outlets and Wi-Fi. They promise fares as low as $1. When one travels this way, one books online and then shows up at a curbside departure point with reservation printout in hand. In Seattle, that location will be at Fifth Avenue South and King Street, near King Street Station and the transit tunnel. BoltBus is a subsidiary started by Greyhound and Peter Pan to compete with a proliferation of upscale service by upstarts, reports Forbes.

• The state Department of Transportation has released an annual Aviation Economic Impact Study, which is about airports, not manufacturing. In short, airports are good business.

• It’s not just Bellingham and the North Sound where they’re talking about coal exports. The Columbia River, too, is seen as a potentially good location for loading ships to Asia, reports Crosscut.com.

Delta Air Lines buying an oil refinery reminds us of the time a newspaper chain bought — and then divested — paper mills. We’re just sayin’.

More in Herald Business Journal

Exec director of Future of Flight in Mukilteo stepping down

A former board president will temporarily lead Snohomish County’s most popular tourism attraction.

Seafood producer Keyport moves corporate HQ to Edmonds

The family business sees the city as business friendly — and able to accommodate expansion.

Tax bill will help fund 5,000 layoffs, Kimberly-Clark says

Executives declined to say which factories the company would be closing.

Ex-Boeing executive Ray Conner joins Alaska Air board

Alaska Air Group said his appointment affirms the company’s commitment to its Northwest roots.

AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines

“A long way from computers being able to read … general text in the same way that humans can.”

Peoples, HomeStreet banks bump lowest salaries after tax cut

The banks with Snohomish County branches will raise minimum salaries for employees to $15 an hour.

Amazon opens store with no cashiers, lines or registers

The Seattle store allows shoppers to use a smartphone app to pay for items they want.

The expansion at Angel of the Winds Casino is expected to add room for up to 300 more slot machines and 16 new table games. (Courtesy Angel of the Winds)
Groundbreaking held for multimillion-dollar casino expansion

Angel of the Winds will gain up to 300 more slot machines, a 200-seat buffet and more.

Trump hits solar panels, washing machines with tariffs

The administration cast the decisions as part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.

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