A special committee has been formed to oversee the construction of the $1 billion New Doha International Airport in Qatar, which will be completed in time for the Asian Games in December 2006. The new committee, headed by the Abdulaziz Muhammed al-Nuaimi, chairman of the Gulf state's Civil Aviation Authority, has its own budget attached to the general state budget. The development of the new facility, at the existing airport's site, is being managed by the country's national carrier Qatar Airways.

The first of a three-phase, R110 million ($10 million) upgrade programme to treble the international departure facilities at Cape Town International Airport has begun with the opening of the new expanded departures holding area.  The second phase of establishing additional check-in and security and passport control facilities will be completed in December. The third phase, the installation of the first two air bridges, will start early next year.

Yemen's Civil Aviation & Meteorology Authority has invited contractors to prequalify for the main construction project for a new airport for the capital of Sana'a. The estimated $160 million scheme will include a new terminal building, parking for 600 cars and a 3km (1.8 miles) access road. Runways and control towers will be tendered separately.

Milan Linate Airport has been closed during August for €10 million ($9.8 million) in repair and upgrade work. Repairs have been made to the runway and taxiways, while the terminal has been modified to unite domestic and international passengers travelling to countries that have signed the Schengen agreement. Flights were diverted to Milan Malpensa and Bergamo.

Source: Flight International