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Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound

Travelers cross a street outside a Southwest Airlines check-in area at Oakland International Airport.
Travelers cross a street outside a Southwest Airlines check-in area at Oakland International Airport.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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The resurgent Covid-19 pandemic is pushing back the recovery in air travel, turning winter into a survival test for carriers now pinning hopes on a spring rebound.

Airlines are urging governments to introduce more testing and travel bubbles to help spur demand. The industry is on track to burn through an estimated $77 billion in cash the second half. The International Air Transport Association has called for fresh government support, while stressing the safety of flying.