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Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) share price slides amid news Sydney lockdown could last until September

The pandemic continues to weigh on the Flight Centre share price.
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The Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) share price has been a test of patience amid ongoing lockdowns and rising COVID-19 cases across Australia.

Flight Centre share price lower as lockdown woes continue

This morning, The Australian reported that the Sydney lockdown could be extended until mid-September.

“The NSW government has requested financial modelling for a lockdown of Greater Sydney that extends until mid-September due to the severity of the outbreak and an expectation that businesses and jobs won’t survive without more financial support.”

However, in a separate report from 9 News, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would not jump to “any conclusions” and was “unaware of the source of a claim in The Australian that the lockdown would be pushed to mid-September”.

Regardless, the COVID-19 situation in NSW continues to worsen with 145 new cases reported on Monday.

With more cases coming out of NSW, investors might have to brace for continued volatility for the Flight Centre share price.

Travel is picking up … just not in Australia

The Flight Centre share price continues to face headwinds in Australia. However there is an encouraging restart to domestic and international tourism across major countries including Europe and the United States.

Commentary from the RBA’s July monetary policy meeting, said a “relaxation of containment measures had expanded opportunities for the consumption of discretionary services, including … domestic air travel. There had been a tentative restart to international tourism in some countries, particularly within Europe.”

Domestic travel is also making a strong rebound in the United States, with TSA checkpoint travel numbers rebounding close or even above 2019 figures.

Unfortunately for the Flight Centre share price, it’ll have to patiently wait for domestic lockdowns and COVID-19 cases to subside.

What’s next for the Flight Centre?

According to Flight Centre’s investor calendar, the company is due to report its full year FY21 results on 27 August.

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