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Are Airline Stocks Ready to Take Off as Travel Rebounds?

from Yahoo Finance

Airline stocks could be looking at a recovery as travel picks up. More than 1.5 million passengers went through TSA checkpoints during Memorial Day weekend – the highest traffic level since March when stay-at-home orders took effect. American Airlines said its traffic was 320 percent better from May 22 through May 25 than April 10 to April 13, when it saw the worst of the pandemic, reports Yahoo Finance.

Carriers have begun to add more flights to service as they anticipate an increase in travelers over summer. Delta Airlines added 100 daily flights in June. Southwest announced a summer travel sale with one-way fares from just $49. In Europe, Ryanair plans to reinstate 40 percent of its flights over the course of summer.

Investors looking for a buying opportunity have flocked to beaten down airline stocks. Yahoo Finance highlights the U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS), which has tumbled 52.25 percent year-to-date through May 31. Despite the sharp sell-off, JETS has found new investors and rose to $1 billion in assets under management on June 2. The ETF held just $33 million in assets in early March.

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