National cemetery debuts database, interactive map
Arlington National Cemetery last week made available to the public a massive electronic database detailing the gravesites of the roughly 400,000 people buried there.
Cemetery officials built the database over the last two years to verify the accuracy of their records, brought into question by reports of misidentified graves. Prior to 2010, the cemetery used paper records and maps to track who is buried where.
The interactive map is available through the cemetery’s website (www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/) and through a free smartphone app. It uses geospatial technology to hone in on specific graves and can also be searched by name.
Fare hikes not
as high as in 2011
The bad news for air travelers is that domestic fares have increased about 4.5 percent in 2012, bringing the average airline ticket to about $375.
The good news is that the increase has been modest compared with 2011, when fares jumped 8.3 percent. Even better news, industry analysts predict air fares will rise even less in 2013.
Industry experts warn, however, that fares could still soar in the last two months of this year.
A forecast by American Express Global Business Travel predicts airfares in North American will rise 1 to 4 percent in 2013.
Airlines add seasonal flights
to Key West
Two major commercial air carriers are planning to begin nonstop seasonal service between Key West and New York City and Washington, D.C., in time for the Christmas season.
Delta Airlines says it will offer direct flights from New York’s LaGuardia Airport Dec. 22, 29 and Jan. 5; and each Saturday from March 2 through April 6. Direct U.S. Airways flights from Washington’s Reagan National Airport will be offered once daily Dec. 22 through Jan. 5, and continue each Saturday through April.
Southwest will add daily service between New Orleans and Key West beginning March 9.
TKTS to offer tickets to more Broadway shows
Theatre Development Fund’s main TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square is testing two new services. Matinee and evening tickets will be sold simultaneously instead of at separate times.
In addition, Window #1 will sell full-price tickets for future performances of all shows, and for same-day performances of shows not available at a discount. Information: www.tdf.org/tkts.
Miami Herald wire services