Malaysian authorities are to waive aircraft landing and parking charges for new operators at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Airlines launching new services will now not be charged for landing or parking aircraft for five years. The waiver will apply to airlines operating services to the airport for the first time, as well as to existing operators that increase services. The night take-off ban at Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion International Airport is to be extended from October to between 01.30 and 06.00. The current ban is from 02.00 to 05.30. Since April, Chapter 2 aircraft have been outlawed at Ben-Gurion Airport. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation plans to complete the leasing process of the airports at Chennai, Delhi, Kolkatta and Mumbai by December. It is expected that the airports will be given on 30 year leases. The government will allow the lease holders to take a share of the revenue from air traffic and set the landing fees and parking charges. Algeria's transport ministry is expected to award a contract for the completion and operation of Algiers Houari Boumediene airport in September, with work to start early next year. A consortium led by Vienna International Airport operator Flughafen Wien has been awarded a 40% stake in a 65-year concession for Malta International Airport. Flughafen Wien will invest €26 million ($23.7 million) into the airport and Vienna will help develop Malta's retail business as well as airport and aviation marketing. Malta, which handles around 3 million passengers a year and generates a turnover of €40 million, has ambitions to be a major Mediterranean passenger and cargo hub. Some 10 new jet gates and six commuter gates are to be constructed at Denver International Airport in a $270 million expansion. The Denver Department of Aviation, which operates the airport, will build the additional gates through a design/build contract. The expansion, which will be financed by airport bond proceeds, should be completed in 2004.

Source: Flight International