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U.S. Airlines Show Signs of Life After April Travel Collapse

  • Southwest, United report modest gains, fewer cancellations
  • Delta sees a slight bounce but remains wary of ‘false starts’
A United Airlines plane departs Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on April 6. 

A United Airlines plane departs Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on April 6. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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U.S. airlines reported signs that travel demand is perking up, suggesting the beginnings of a rebound from an unprecedented collapse because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bookings are again outpacing cancellations and June reservations are showing “modest improvement,” Southwest Airlines Co. said Tuesday. United Airlines Holdings Inc. is seeing reduced cancellation rates and “moderate” strengthening on U.S. and some international routes. Delta Air Lines Inc. has noticed a slight bounce in leisure bookings, and American Airlines Group Inc. said it’s filling a greater portion of seats on its planes.