The chief executive of Birmingham Airport, Paul Kehoe, says that with more than 450 million air passengers expected in the UK in the near future, a new airport in Birmingham is a good idea.
Green campaigners have today criticised new airport plans for a Birmingham hub claiming it will not help the local economy.
– Julien Pritchard, Campaign Support Worker at Birmingham Friends of the Earth
People will laud this scheme as great investment in the region, but if people will merely use Birmingham Airport to change planes, how will that help the region’s economy, when they’re not leaving the airport and actually spending money in the region?
Expanding the airport will merely increase Climate Change emissions, so when there is no regional economic benefit, why create more of an environmental impact?
Birmingham Airport has today announced plans for a second runway and terminal, which it hopes to be up and running by 2030.
CEO Paul Kehoe says the airport is losing too many passengers and too much business to Heathrow.
He believes up to 60,000 jobs will be created.
The boss of Birmingham Airport, Paul Kehoe, says a 'second runway would create 60,000 jobs for young people and benefit future generations for the next 100 years'.
The proposed second runway, which has yet been given the green light, would 'integrate with HS2,' he added.
Birmingham Airport hopes to submit its expansion plans to the Airports Commission by mid-July.
Birmingham Airport has released a map of the location where a second runway may be placed if the project goes ahead.
The airport wants to expand from nine million passengers to 70 million.
At present there are no definitive plans for a second runway.