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Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>There’s more hub competition heating up in the region, but Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok manages to capture the magic and inspiration of travel: Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport Will Endure as a Global Hub

>>It seems like there is a renewed appetite among Europe’s big airline groups to reduce the number of players in the market. They may find it hard to do while fuel remains cheap, but when it starts to creep up, more deals will likely occur: European Airline Executives Still Think There Are Too Many Airlines

>>Over in Italy, no one wants to let Alitalia go. The Italian national carrier is also bankrupt, but keeping the airline is a matter of national pride. There’s no such love for Air Berlin. It’ll probably disappear, and that’ll be OK: Air Berlin’s Slow Collapse Into Bankruptcy, Explained

Photo Credit: Air Berlin check-in in Düsseldorf, Germany. The airline filed for bankruptcy. JouWatch / Flickr