-The UK Civil Aviation Authority has blocked a move by London Heathrow operator HAL to limit the number of suppliers of ground-handling services at the airport. HAL manages handling for ramp operations, baggage and cargo. At a recent public hearing the CAA decided there was not a sufficiently strong case to agree with HAL's wishes to restrict the access of service suppliers.

-The new Eleftherios Venizelos Airport near Athens is 50% complete and is on schedule for its official opening in March 2001, offering an initial capacity of 16 million passengers. The airport is being built as a private/public partnership concept by Athens International Airport.

-Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport, in Peru, has declared ready for operation a complete new radar package installed by Northrop Grumman, including the world's first ASR-12 airport surface movement radar. Also installed was a monopulse secondary surveillance radar and an AMS 2000 airspace management system.

-Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany is to get a new runway for long haul flights, additional taxiways, a new terminal and a cargo village. The first phase is scheduled for completion in 2000.

Source: Flight International