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Best Performing Airlines Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
Quick movement of people and material banks on the airline industry. While large-size shipments often find container based shipping through sea as the preferred route of transportation, the air or rail route is preferred by people for quick service. Companies in the airline sector operate locally and globally, and through partnerships with other airline or transportation companies to often the last mile connectivity to the passengers. A lot of such airline companies have their stocks listed on the national stock exchanges of America, and investors can purchase those in anticipation of the positive and healthy returns. One must note that airline stocks are prone to economic cycles and prevailing situation. If overall economy is doing good, both business and leisure travellers will be willing to spend on business and holidays which will lead to high returns for the airline companies. However, if the economic situation is gloomy, individuals as well as businesses avoid travel-related expenses which lead to dismal performance of the airline stocks.
Among the handful of Airlines stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Airlines stocks?
This article provides a list of Airlines stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2021 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Airlines stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Airlines stocks are listed below.

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Top Airlines Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Airlines sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Mesa Air Group, Inc. (MESA) 2) Spirit Airlines, Inc. (SAVE) 3) Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA) 4) American Airlines Group (AAL) 5) JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU)
 6) SkyWest, Inc. (SKYW) 7) United Continental Holdings (UAL) 8) Alaska Air Group Inc (ALK) 9) Southwest Airlines (LUV) 10) Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT)
There's more... See price performance, YTD-gains, market-cap and other details of all the 20 Airlines stocks with sorting features in a tabular format. Alternatively, one can also explore the List of Top Airlines ETFs.

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Performance of Top Airlines Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Mesa Air Group

Mesa Air Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for Mesa Airlines, Inc., which provides regional air carrier services under capacity purchase agreements with the American Airlines and the United Airlines. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Mesa Air Group.
The Phoenix, AZ-headquartered company Mesa Air Group, Inc. (MESA) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Airlines of 2021. The Industrials sector business falls under the Industrials industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Mesa Air Group has changed by 98.65 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $6.69 per share and year-to-date closing price of $13.29 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $237.71 million to $472.7 million during the same period. Along with Airlines, the company is also in the business of Industrials, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Mesa Air Group continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines, Inc., incorporated on March 8, 1994, is an airline company. The Company provides air transportation for passengers. As of December 31, 2016, the Companys all-Airbus Fit Fleet operated ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Spirit Airlines.
During the given months of the year 2021, Spirit Airlines, Inc. (SAVE) was successful in generating YTD returns of 53.18 percentage which helped it gain the number two spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Florida, FL-based Spirit Airlines closed at a price of $24.39 per share, while it traded at a price of $37.36 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $2.38 billion to $3.65 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Transportation industry sector and further specialized as a Air Freight Delivery Services sector business.

Hawaiian

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., engages in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo. The company offers daily services on North America routes ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Hawaiian.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Hawaii, HI, the Transportation sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Air Freight Delivery Services. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Hawaiian has so far gained 51.47 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $17.7 per share and year-to-date price of $26.81 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $814.27 million to $1.37 billion. The stock of Hawaiian continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

American Airlines

American Airlines Group Inc., incorporated on February 16, 1982, is a holding company. The Companys primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier, providing scheduled air transportation ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of American Airlines.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines Group (AAL) belongs to the Transportation sector and is categorized as a Air Freight Delivery Services company. The stock of American Airlines ended the previous year at a price of $15.77 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $23.86 apiece, which indicates a change of 51.3 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Airlines for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $9.63 billion. It has now changed to $15.3 billion as of writing. American Airlines continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways Corporation, incorporated on August 24, 1998, is a passenger carrier company. The Company provides air transportation services across the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of JetBlue Airways.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $14.54 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $20.37 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 40.1 percentage. The New York, NY-headquartered Transportation sector company also saw its market value change from $4.57 billion to $6.45 billion. The Air Freight Delivery Services specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc., incorporated on March 2, 1972, through its subsidiaries, SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines) and ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. (ExpressJet), operates regional airline operations in the United States. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of SkyWest.
SkyWest, Inc. (SKYW) has moved by 36.62 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Transportation sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $40.31 apiece to the price of $55.07 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Utah, UT-based Air Freight Delivery Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $2.02 billion to $2.77 billion over the same duration. SkyWest is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

United Continental

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL), incorporated on December 30, 1968, is a holding company and its principal subsidiary is United Air Lines, Inc. (United). The Company transports people and cargo ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of United Continental.
The number seven spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Airlines sector is taken by United Continental Holdings (UAL). The company's stock price changed from $43.25 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $57.82 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 33.69 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Chicago, Illinois-based Transportation sector company was from $12.66 billion to $18.71 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Airlines sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Alaska Air

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional, and Horizon. It has a netwo ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Alaska Air.
Alaska Air (ALK) generated percentage returns of 33.63 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $52 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $69.49 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $6.43 billion to $8.64 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Transportation speciality business with further classification in the Air Freight Delivery Services sub-category. Based in Seattle, Washington, the YTD performance of the Airlines sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest), incorporated on March 9, 1967, operates Southwest Airlines, a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States and near-international markets. Southwest provides point-to-point ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Southwest Airlines.
Based on the market-cap change from $27.51 billion to $36.21 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $46.61 per share to a price of $61.3 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Southwest Airlines (LUV) was successful in generating YTD returns of 31.52 percentage. Standing at the number nine rank in the top performing list of Airlines stocks, the Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines is categorized as the Air Freight Delivery Services sub-sector business which falls under the larger Transportation sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Allegiant Travel

Allegiant Travel Company, a leisure travel company, focuses on the provision of travel services and products to residents of under-served cities in the United States. The company offers scheduled air ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Allegiant Travel.
The Nevada, NV-based Transportation sector company Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT) holds the number ten spot among the best performing stocks of the Airlines sector. Classified as the Air Freight Delivery Services business, the stock price of Allegiant Travel ended the previous year at a price of $189.24 per share while it reached the level of $244.75 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 29.33%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $4.02 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Allegiant Travel in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.
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