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.
David Cameron is hopeful that the new runway extension at Birmingham Airport will provide a major boost to the economy of the West Midlands.
The runway will provide 4,000 jobs in Birmingham along with another 4,000 in the supply chain.
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.
The first charter package tours to the UK from China will fly into Birmingham, it was announced today.
Birmingham Airport has sealed a deal with China Southern Airlines to offer the service, which will fly from Beijing.
Birmingham is also the first airport outside of London to launch direct charter flights to China.
The flights will open in the summer.
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."