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Cameron to announce 8,000 jobs at Birmingham Airport

Prime Minister David Cameron to make announcement at Birmingham Airport
Prime Minister David Cameron to make announcement at Birmingham Airport Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prime Minister, David Cameron, is set to announce 8,000 new jobs at Birmingham Airport later today.

The jobs come as a result of a 40 million pound runway extension due to be operational next month.

Half of the jobs will be created on site and the other half will be within the supply chain.

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Businesses 'wasting time' at London airports

The leader of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has told ITV News Central that businesses in the region are wasting too much time travelling to Heathrow for long haul flights to growing economies like China.

Jerry Blackett made the comments as the GBCC challenges a recent report by MPs, which the Chamber claims overlooked Birmingham when it advised a second runway at the airport should not be built.

Read: GBCC write to MPs criticising government airport report

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GBCC write to MPs criticising government airport report

Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has written to MPs criticising a government report on the future of UK airports saying it overlooked "the crucial role Birmingham Airport plays."

People arriving at Birmingham Airport Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Last month, proposals for an expansion of Birmingham Airport were not shortlisted as part of a report published.

The Chief Executive of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Jerry Blackett said he was "disappointed" that the Airports Commission interim report "largely overlooked the crucial role Birmingham Airport plays in supporting the local and national economy."

Mr Blackett has invited members of the Transport Select Committee to visit Birmingham.

50 new jobs in Birmingham as Flybe announce new routes

50 new jobs will be created at Birmingham Airport after Flybe announced seven new routes.

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport's Aviation Development Director and Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Simmons, announced the plans Credit: ITV News Central

Three additional aircraft will be moved to Birmingham Airport to enable the changes.

Flybe have moved three additional aircraft to Birmingham Airport Credit: PA

The new routes include flights to:

  • Florence
  • Cologne
  • Toulouse
  • Porto
  • Palma de Mallorca
  • Bordeaux
  • Alicante

The company will now have thirteen aircraft based in Birmingham.

Birmingham Airport: delays possible after power outage

There is a power outage in the south of Birmingham Airport's terminal
There is a power outage in the south of Birmingham Airport's terminal Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Birmingham Airport has apologised for a power outage in the south of its terminal which could cause delays.

On its Twitter account the airport says:

"Apologises (sic) to passengers. There has been a loss of power in the south area of the terminal. Fully operational in the north area.

"More information to follow shortly...We apologise to passengers."

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