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U. S. Airlines brace for Long Winter After Holiday bump


U.S. airlines that enjoyed a jump in domestic travel during the recent holidays now face a potential double whammy as a seasonal slowdown combines with rising coronaviru­s cases. Extending the gains through Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 18 and Presidents Day in February “appears challengin­g, given elevated new COVID case counts,” said Savanthi Syth, a Raymond James Financial analyst. About 1.3 million people passed through U. S. airport checkpoint­s Jan. 3, the most since mid-march, according to the Transporta­tion Security Administra­tion. Increased travel in late December and early January may even make things worse this month by spurring new infections, said Joe Denardi, an analyst at Stifel Financial.

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