Airline shares jump on US plans to lift Covid travel restrictions
Travel stocks made significant gains on Monday afternoon as it emerged that fully vaccinated passengers will be able to travel to the United States from the EU and UK from November.
The Financial Times reported that the White House is set to announce a new travel policy, ending the 18-month travel ban put in place by former US President Donald Trump at the start of the pandemic.
"IAG shares just took off on reports the US is set to ease restrictions on UK and EU travellers," said Neil Wilson, the chief market analyst at Markets.com.
Engine maker Roll-Royce was 4.3% higher at 115.81p, while budget airline easyJet was 2/3% firmer at 644.80p.
SSP Group, which operates food services at airports, saw its shares rise 6% to 282.30p.