Birmingham Airport says it could serve up to 70 million passengers a year if plans for a second runway are approved - almost eight times as many passengers as they serve currently. A detailed report on the proposals will be released today.
People in the Midlands are united behind our proposals. Our submission has widespread support from stakeholders including the LEPs, local councils and local businesses. This is because people recognise that to grow local economies outside the South East and rebalance growth we need the direct international connectivity to encourage inward investment and support trade.
– Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport
The UK manufacturing base is outside of the South East and, as a result, it suffers from a lack of direct air links with crucial long-haul markets like China. A Birmingham to Shanghai route alone would enable hundreds of business flights a year to operate, boosting the growth of British manufacturing and encouraging inward investment.