Judge stops building work at key World Cup airport



SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has stopped building work to renovate Brazil’s largest airport for the 2014 World Cup.

A federal judge issued an injunction to halt construction at the Sao Paulo international airport because the expansion project was initiated without a bidding process.

Judge Louise Borer said in a statement Monday the government agency that oversees airport infrastructure illegally ordered the work to begin. It claimed it was an urgent project to avoid air travel chaos during the World Cup.

The judge called it a “made-up urgency,” saying it was being used as an excuse to avoid the bidding process. She noted the need to avoid air transportation problems in Brazil is not recent.

The government agency may appeal.