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Qantas Airways’ pilots union has warned of looming risks to flight safety — from crew fatigue to looser landing rules in Australia — as a travel rebound stretches an industry still fragile from the pandemic.

With domestic travel restrictions eased, passenger demand in Australia exceeds 2019 levels and Qantas and smaller rival Virgin Australia are ordering new planes for a post-COVID era. But there are concerns some proposals to handle the faster-than-expected recovery may be too much for a global workforce decimated by layoffs and bereft of its most experienced pilots.

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