Passengers board an American Airlines flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on April 11, 2021.
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The demand for travel has risen sharply since spring. Delta and American issued last week optimistic outlook thanks to a jump booking. The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 2.23 million people at U.S. airports on Sunday, most since February 28, 2020, weeks prior to the World Health Organization’s statement Covid a pandemic.
But concerns about the fast-spreading Delta variant of Covid, now the dominant strain in the US, by and large weighed on the market on Monday. Travel stocks, which are sensitive to the number of cases and related restrictions, fell more sharply than other sectors.
The trend also raises questions about international travel. International and business travel were largely missed in the recent rebound in airline bookings, although executives said earlier this month that they have started to rebound. The United States still bans most non-US citizens from entering the European Union, Britain, India, and other nations, even though the travel industry has pressed repeatedly the Biden government to repeal some of these rules.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday urged individuals, “Avoid traveling“to the UK, raising its recommendation to” Level 4 “, the agency’s highest, which states that if people need to travel there, they should be fully vaccinated.
Some pandemic rules are returning due to the increase in cases. Los Angeles Angeles District a mask mandate for interiors reintroduced last week also for people who have been vaccinated because of an increase in Covid-19 cases there. The Southern Nevada Health District, which includes Las Vegas, also urges everyone to wear masks indoors as cases increase across the state.
According to a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, cases in the United States rose about 66% over the past week to a seven-day average of about 32,300 new cases per day.