The Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) share price is looking bullish in September, up 11% to 10-month highs of $5.68. At the time of writing, it is up 3.66% on the day to $5.67.
This follows an optimistic FY21 full-year results announcement and news the United States might reopen its international borders as soon as November.
Good news for travellers
The United States will reopen its borders in November to fully vaccinated travellers from 33 countries, the White House reported on Monday.
According to Reuters, this marks a sudden shift from the Biden administration which last week said that “it was not the right time to lift any restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases”.
The United States will welcome air travellers from 26 European countries, as well as the UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil.
The news has sparked a jump for both the Qantas share price and the broader ASX-listed travel sector this week.
ASX-travel shares rejoice
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Qantas expects international travel to pick up in 1H21
Qantas’ FY21 full-year results expected international flying in 1H22 to be at approximately 15 per cent of pre-COVID levels.
The company said once Australia’s borders begin to reopen, the group’s international capacity is expected to pick up by 30 to 40 per cent by Q3 and 50 to 70 per cent by Q4, compared to pre-COVID levels.
Qantas share price tests 10-month high
The Qantas share price has been had highs of $5.80 and lows of $4 since November last year.
Qantas is trading towards the upper level, currently fetching $5.67.