Routes Weekly top five: From Russia to the world, World Cup by aviation, Delta's Asia routes, Routes Africa and more

Our top five stories on Routes Weekly: Russia's recovering aviation industry; World Cup 2018 by airlines, airports and routes; Delta adds Asia destinations but cuts Hong Kong; Routes Africa 2018 shortlists; Route rundown and more.

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1. From Russia to the world - all eyes on World Cup host 
As the host nation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia is pushed yet further in the global spotlight. Routesonline analyses the country’s recovering aviation industry, examining the fastest-growing international markets, the top airports and the busiest routes. Read more

2. World Cup 2018 by airlines, airports and routes
Routesonline looks at the top three airports, airlines and routes from each of the countries involved in this summer's FIFA World Cup. Read more.  

3. Delta adds Asia destinations but cuts Hong Kong 
Delta Air Lines is to launch two new non-stop routes to Asia but plans to end its Seattle - Hong Kong service from October. Read more

4. Shortlists announced for the Routes Africa 2018 Marketing Awards
Ten airports and five tourism authorities have been recognised by the airline network planning community for their outstanding marketing support. Read more

5. Route rundown: MXP-DEL, MAD-FLL, CDG-TNA
This week: Air Italy adds second destination in India; Norwegian targets Miami from Madrid; and XL Airways France plans unserved Chinese city. Read more

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Bulletin board: aviation industry news round-up
Air India sale to be revived
World Cup 2018: where are fans travelling from? 
Infographic: Ghana's aviation market in numbers 
More than 100 airlines confirmed for World Routes 2018 
Ryanair to operate 13 routes from Southend
$677m grants to fund US airport infrastructure projects
Voting now open for the World Routes 2018 Marketing Awards