The CEO of Birmingham Airport, Paul Kehoe, has responded positively to the Davies Commission Report issued this morning on increasing airport capacity in the UK.
But Mr Kehoe believes there are still concerns the report fails to address the whole British economy.
Our hard work has paid off. Birmingham Airport has today been recognised as an integral piece of the long-term aviation puzzle.
We will continue to work alongside our stakeholders to ensure Birmingham Airport delivers for local businesses, passengers and the economy.
Despite the stated remit of the Commission to take a “UK wide perspective”, the Interim Report focuses disproportionately on the South East further entrenching the dominance of the South East economy to the detriment of the growth of the rest of the UK.
The Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport has called on the Airports Commission to not forget economies outside of the south east ahead of its report into airport capacity.
The report, to be published on Tuesday, will propose a short-list of options for new or expanded capacity in the long term.
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, says:
"Let's not forget that it was the stated remit of the Airports Commission to take a "UK-wide perspective" and we expect to hear recommendations that will boost economies across the country - and not just the south east."
"But it is clear that expansion at Heathrow would stifle the ability of the rest of the industry to flourish."