Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis on Tuesday denied a front-page news report in an Athens daily according to which plans for the development of the state-owned Helliniko site -- the old Athens airport and adjacent facilities -- is not progressing as planned.
Petalotis termed the news report as “groundless and unsubstantiated”. He underlined that the “development plan for the Helleniko property has not been abandoned” and referred to a written confirmation received from Qatar several few weeks ago of continued interest in the specific investment.

He also dismissed allegations over a directly assigned contract signed with a noted Spanish architect.