Cape Town International Airport has become the first airport in Africa to receive Category IIIb classification for its instrument landing system (ILS). About R5.2 million ($725,000) was spent on the ILS, while another R2.4 million has been invested on the installation of new runway lights. Bovis Lend Lease of Australia and two local joint venture partners have won a four-year management assignment with the Spanish Airports and Air Traffic Agency to expand Barcelona's international airport. The expansion includes a new runway and terminal building and new cargo handling facilities, according to Flight International sister online service Air Transport Intelligence. Nuremberg Airport has experienced a 10.3% growth in passenger traffic last year, to 2.8 million. The expansion of the airport's terminal is due to be completed in late 2001 to cater for future growth. The Civil Aviation Administration of China has accepted the Lockheed Martin air traffic control system at Nanchang's new Changbei International Airport. Under the same contract, a second system is being installed at the new Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou. The Indian Government has approved international status for domestic airports at Hyderabad, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and Goa and Nedumbassery (Cochin). Meanwhile, a new airport is to be built at Shamshabad near Hyderabad. Brussels Airport will increase landing fees and embarkation taxes in 2001 following the announcement by the Brussels International Airport Company (BIAC), which runs the airport, that its Bfr 905 million ($22 million) net profit announced for 1999, is below expectations. A Trimble global positioning system reference station will be installed at Zürich International Airport to broadcast differential corrections to provide accurate surveying, machine guidance and aircraft positioning before and after the expansion phase now under way.

Source: Flight International