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The Independent Online
Costain is part of the international consortium which has won a dollars 1.2bn contract to prepare the site of Hong Kong's controversial new airport. Landing charges at Kai Tak, the colony's existing airport, will rise 27 per cent next month to pay for the work. The new airport, costing dollars 6bn, is due to open in 1997 when Britain hands Hong Kong back to China. But China has refused to agree to the Hong Kong government's financing proposals. Building on the airport proper cannot start until funding is approved.