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Sunnier skies: US airline recovery gets off the ground

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New York (AFP) – US airlines are seeing profits return and betting that the rise of the Delta variant of the coronavirus will not derail a domestic travel comeback even as it clouds the outlook for an international recovery. Over the last week, three of the four biggest US carriers reported second-quarter profits, and while overall travel still lags pre-pandemic levels, it far outpaces the anemic volumes of a year ago. “Simply put, people are ready to travel again,” American Chief Executive Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said in a note to employees Thursday. “The green flag has dropped,…

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