A major refurbishment of Tashkent Airport's international terminal will begin in December, with Donald Smith, Seymour & Rooley as engineering consultant. Work is scheduled to be completed in June 2001. Belgian regional airports Liège-Bierset and Charleroi-Gosselies (rebranded as "Brussels South"), both operated by the country's regional government for the Walloon region, will be brought under single management next year. The Walloon transport ministry says this will prevent them from becoming competitors. American Airlines has begun building its new $1.3 billion terminal at New York Kennedy Airport. The 56-gate terminal, due to open in 2006, will be the airport's largest. The 600m (2,000ft) runway extension at East Midlands Airport in the UK has come into operation. The work, part of a £20 million ($33 million) project, also involves the extension of the taxiway and the widening and resurfacing of the runway. It is due for completion early next year. Russian general aviation operator Avcom-Commercial Aviation has opened a VIP general aviation terminal at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. London Luton Airport's new £40 million ($66 million) terminal is officially opened by HM The Queen this week, increasing the airport's annual capacity to over 5 million passengers. It is connected by a walkway to the old terminal, where the check-in area will be refurbished to become the airport's airside departures and arrivals area. Delta Connection carrier Comair is to double the size of its terminal at Cincinnati, and boost seating capacity by 50% , to 1,700 seats. The number of gate check-in areas will also be increased. Bergamo Orio Al Serio Airport, which is about 40km (25 miles) from Milan, is being promoted as the city's third airport by operator Sacbo. Since the transfer of services from Linate to Malpensa, Bergamo's traffic is up by 122%, with 1999 passenger throughput expected to reach 1.2 million.

Source: Flight International