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Almost quarter of a million new jobs potentially created with extended runway in Birmingham

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Birmingham Airport has today posted a video online of aerial imagery of the work carried out so far on its runway extension.

The runway, which is being extended to 3,003 meters, will offer larger aircraft the further take-off space that's needed for carrying more fuel. This will allow the airport to reach destinations once unavailable to Midlanders.

Birmingham Airport is predicting that the runway will be completed in 2014.

The runway extension will be wholly funded by the Airport Company at a cost of £33 million.

In addition, the Airport is making a further investment of £13 million for the construction of a new air traffic control tower and radar system, which will be operational in early 2013 – plus £9m on resurfacing the entire runway.

The strong economic profile of the Midlands means that businesses are crying out for direct connectivity from their local airport so it makes no sense that 3.3 million passengers from the West Midlands last year flew from airports in the South East, adding congestion on the roads and at Heathrow, which is already 99.2% full.

Our passenger growth could create in excess of 243,000 jobs in the region according to a new report by the West Midlands Economic Forum.

– Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO

With the runway extension opening up so many new long-haul route opportunities from Birmingham, the Airport is actively talking to existing and new airlines to explore new markets and routes from the Midlands.