Passenger numbers at Birmingham Airport soared to more than nine million for the first time in five years.
Birmingham Airport will today unveil proposals that could enable the Airport to expand in line with future demand.
Birmingham Airport wants to expand from 9 million passengers a year to 70 million, it is expected to announce a second runway.
The service has been in operation since the 70s but is now being retired.
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.
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."
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 will be created at Birmingham Airport after Flybe announced seven new routes.
Three additional aircraft will be moved to Birmingham Airport to enable the changes.
The new routes include flights to:
- Palma de Mallorca
The company will now have thirteen aircraft based in Birmingham.
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."
Airports in the Midlands are bracing themselves for the busy Christmas period.
Birmingham airport is anticipating more than a quarter of a million people to use its services over the next few days. Whilst East Midlands Airport says it expects 8,000 passengers through its doors today alone.
Elsewhere, as many schools break up today, millions of people are expected to travel over the weekend.
With ice and snow being forecast over the run up to the Christmas period, people travelling in the next few days are being warned to drive more carefully.
A Birmingham Airport spokesperson has confirmed the incident this evening was due to an incoming plane reporting an 'operational issue' while landing.
The FlyBe BE854 flight landed safely at 8:25pm, and all passengers got off as normal, five minutes later than the scheduled arrival time.
As a precaution Air Traffic Control stopped trains running through Birmingham International station, which is next to the airport and runway. There are still some slight delays to rail services.
Network Rail has told ITV News Central that trains through Birmingham International were stopped at 8:20pm this evening, following communication with Air traffic Control at Birmingham Airport.
Lines were operational again at 8:32pm, but the stoppage is still causing delays on some rail services.