Jim Cramer on the Airline Stocks and Coronavirus

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The airline stocks--and travel stocks in general--have taken a beating because of the spread of the coronavirus.

Jim Cramer weighed in on whether or not the airline stocks are a good economic indicator 

Southwest  (LUV) - Get Report Chief Executive Gary Kelly told employees that he would take a 10% pay cut as the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on the global travel industry, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The company is also considering reducing its flying schedule and is taking other cost-cutting measures.

The coronavirus has caused what Kelly, in a video message to employees on Monday, described as an "alarming" drop in bookings. 

And then there's Delta  (DAL) - Get Report

Delta said it will be cutting flight capacity by 15% overall in response to a drop in demand triggered by the coronavirus.

The biggest cuts will come in international flights, with Delta cutting capacity 20% to 25%, while reducing domestic capacity by 10% to 15%.

Flights to the Pacific region are taking the biggest hit, with Delta reducing capacity by 65%. Transatlantic flights will see a more modest drop, 15% to 20%.

Watch the full video above for Cramer's full take. 

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