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United Airlines Inc (NYSE: UAL) announced Thursday plans to ramp up its December schedule to 3,500 domestic flights per day, the most its flown in the US since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

In anticipation of a strong holiday travel season, the Chicago-based carrier said it will boost its schedule on popular winter routes, particularly warm weather destinations and ski hot spots.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he would support a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all air travel in the US.

“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” the White House chief medical adviser said in an interview with theSkimm podcast, The Hill reported.


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China's aviation regulator is likely to keep the current tight caps on international flights throughout the first half of 2022, analysts cited Air China as saying this week.

The move has broad implications for tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, where Chinese outbound travelers normally play an outsized role, though other countries have also been slow to open borders because of relatively low vaccination rates and rising COVID-19 cases.


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Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks, a rule intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Transportation Security Administration’s current order was scheduled to expire Sept. 13. An agency spokesman said Tuesday that the mandate will be extended until Jan. 18.


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Spirit Airlines canceled nearly half its schedule for Tuesday, the third straight day of extremely high cancellation numbers at the budget airline.

By early afternoon, the low-cost carrier had canceled about 320 flights, or 47% of its schedule, according to the FlightAware tracking service. Dozens more flights were late. The blame appeared to lie at least partly with a technology outage affecting crew scheduling.


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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is continuing to crack down on unruly flyers.

On Tuesday, the agency announced proposed fines totaling $124,500 against eight plane passengers — the latest round of penalties associated with the FAA’s “zero-tolerance policy” for dangerous and disruptive behavior.