Routes Weekly top five: Gulf Air's winning formula, Air Canada-Air China JV, Heathrow expansion, LATAM's Munich plans and more

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1. Gulf Air to drive a winning formula
After a long period with a declining presence in the region, Gulf Air is spoiling for a comeback. Chief executive Krešimir Kučko explains more about the European and North American ambitions of Bahrain’s state-owned carrier. Read more.

2. Air Canada and Air China forge joint venture
Star Alliance members Air Canada and Air China have deepened their existing partnership by signing a joint venture agreement. The deal comes amid a strong increase capacity between the two countries. Read more.

3. Heathrow expansion moves closer as London battles a capacity crunch
Plans for a third runway at London Heathrow have moved a step closer, paving the way for thousands more flights each year at the UK’s busiest airport. Read more.

4. Brazil's market primed for growth as LATAM adds European routes
LATAM Airlines has signalled its intention to expand its European footprint with flights to Munich at a time when Brazil’s aviation market looks primed to take off again. Read more.

5. Route rundown: SZX-ZRH, AUH-BCN, HEL-HAJ
This week: Hainan Airlines adds Shenzhen – Zurich, Etihad to serve second Spanish destination and Finnair grows presence in Germany. Read more.

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David Casey

David Casey is Editor in Chief of Routes, the global route development community's trusted source for news and information.