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Alaska Air to block middle seat through November

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By Tomi Kilgore

Alaska Air Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200972303/composite ALK +0.58% said Monday it is blocking middle seats through Nov. 30, as it looks to extend physical distancing on board its planes. The air carrier said it is also extending its flexible policy for all new ticket purchases through Dec. 31. The announcement comes after Southwest Airlines Co. /zigman2/quotes/201071949/composite LUV +0.43% said last week that it was extending the blocking of its middle seat through Nov. 30. Alaska Air also announced five new routes it plans to fly starting Dec. 17, two out of Los Angeles and three out of Palm Springs, Calif. Alaska Air's stock, which fell 3.8% in premarket trading, has slumped 39.4% year to date through Friday, while the U.S. Global Jets ETF /zigman2/quotes/207744796/composite JETS +1.09% has dropped 42.4% and the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.63% has gained 2.8%.

/zigman2/quotes/200972303/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 39.58
+0.23 +0.58%
Volume: 2.15M
Oct. 19, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
92.58
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$4.87 billion
Rev. per Employee
$353,525
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/zigman2/quotes/201071949/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 39.85
+0.17 +0.43%
Volume: 8.57M
Oct. 19, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
99.20
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$23.41 billion
Rev. per Employee
$373,554
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/zigman2/quotes/207744796/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE Arca
$ 17.68
+0.19 +1.09%
Volume: 4.84M
Oct. 19, 2020 4:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,426.92
-56.89 -1.63%
Volume: 2.19B
Oct. 19, 2020 5:05p
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