Minneapolis/St Paul-based Sun Country Airlines and the local Metropolitan Airports Commission have agreed a deal that makes Sun Country the principal tenant at a new $53 million, 27, 870m2 (300,000ft2) terminal, which opens in April 2001 adjacent to the Hubert Humphrey terminal, where the airline now operates. Sun Country will occupy four of the first eight gates at the new facility, which will provide for expansion of up to 18 gates to accommodate the airline's growth. Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is to begin a programme this year to construct new terminals, and rebuild existing facilities as part of a SKr6 billion ($723 million) programme to upgrade operations. Most of the work will be complete in 2002, when the new Runway 3 becomes operational. A new air traffic control tower is also part of the project. The Indian state of Karnataka is to seek fresh bids to build an international airport at Bangalore by the end of May. An earlier $282 million agreement with the Tata Group collapsed. Karnataka and the Airports Authority of India will each take 13%, with the rest to be held by a private partner. The UK Government has given initial approval to a scheme to develop Teesside International Airport, near Darlington in north-east England. The plan involves a 100Ha (250acre) development for freight handling and light industrial and commercial assembly. Russia's Domodedovo Airport is undergoing a $60 million upgrade programme for the year 2000 which includes a major renovation of its passenger terminal. The first renovated passenger zone will be opened in June, with the upgraded terminal to be fully operational at the start of next year. Further development plans for the next 10 to 15 years will involve the construction of a second terminal, doubling passenger capacity, with total investment in the airport set to reach $400 million. The new terminal will feature two-tier access, a multi-level car park and a fully automised baggage check.

Source: Flight International