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A poll of readers by Britain's Conde Nast Traveller magazine has rated Singapore's Changi Airport the best airport in the world, followed closely by Hong Kong International Airport.

Spain's Industry and Energy Minister has stated that it is unlikely that Spanish carrier Iberia Air Lines would be privatised by the end of November as originally planned, however no alternative deadline was provided.

SITA and Tenzing Inc, a provider of in-flight e-mail and other services for business travellers, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable SITA to offer FlightConnect services on it Satellite AIRCOM air-to-ground communications network.

On 18 October Belgian carrier Sabena launched a new, all jet aircraft, five daily service from London City Airport, UK to Brussels, Belgium.

Korean Air has been awarded with ISO 9001 quality certification by Norway's Det Norsk Vertitas, which covers requirement for 20 industry aspects, including aircraft design, development, manufacturing and testing.

The Phu Bai Airport in Vietnam's Hue City is to undergo the second phase of a USD2.86m renovation project that will enable the airport to accommodate Boeing 747 and other large aircraft.

On 27 October heavy fog in Shanghai resulted in the closure of the Hongqiao airport for about four hours, which resulted in the delay of about 40 flights.

The Huangtian International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China has become the nation's fourth largest international airport and has handled 325,500 aircraft, carrying 29.4m passengers over the last eight years.

On 27 October Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah inaugurated the King Fahd International Airport in Dammam according to the Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper.

AirTran's two new Boeing 717-200 aircraft have successfully completed seven days of route proving evaluation and entered into the airline's system on 12 and 13 October respectively.

NAV CANADA has recently acquired a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) receiver from NovAtel Inc, which will be used in connection with the initial testing for the Canadian WAAS programme.

Russian carrier Aeroflot has formed a subsidiary company, which will target the chartered flight market, and has given it 17 of its 124 aircraft.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines is installing new Commute-A-Walk passenger walkways from Infra-Structures at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport as well as at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

On 25 November HM The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, will officially open the new GBP40m passenger terminal at London Luton Airport.
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Date:Oct 29, 1999
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