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The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that some of the nation’s major airports are responding to the cutbacks imposed by airlines on their foodservice programs by luring some great restaurants to their terminals.

“Now that carriers are skipping in-flight meals or charging for food,” the WSJ writes, “Airports across the country are stepping in with scores of new eateries. Minneapolis-St. Paul is in the middle of a 17-restaurant expansion, and San Francisco added 45 food vendors in the past year. In May, Seattle-Tacoma opened a 10-restaurant food court where passengers can watch planes lifting off while eating wild king salmon and oysters on the half shell. And Dallas is putting the finishing touches on a $1.2 billion terminal with 25 options for preflight fill-ups, including local Mexican cafés, a barbecue joint and a winery.”

Many of these facilities offer not just sit-down meals, but also versions that can be packaged and brought on-board by passengers looking for some in-flight sustenance.
KC's View:
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