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.
There are reports on Twitter that power lines have come down near Birmingham Airport.
Currently overhead power lines on the rail network through Birmingham New Street have been turned off, causing of delays of up to an hour, according to Network Rail.
Birmingham Airport are yet to confirm an 'emergency' situation.
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#Sandwell - trains through Birmingham New Street are now being delayed by up to 60 minutes
#Sandwell - there's also an emergency at Birmingham International Airport, which will add to the congestion through Birmingham New Street
Network Rail is tweeting there are currently delays of up to an hour through Birmingham New Street because of an 'emergency' at Birmingham Airport.
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Birmingham Airport has been overlooked by the Airports Commission looking to increase national capacity.
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, believes the report was unclear on short-term solutions and confident the second runway option for Birmingham Airport is preserved until 2050.
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.
– Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport
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.
Birmingham Airport has welcomed a report issued by The Davies Commission this morning, which they believe recognises its role in the UK's long-term aviation strategy.
With the report came the revelation that the proposals for an expansion of the Airport had not been shortlisted.
They believe the report affirmed the importance of Birmingham in the UK’s long-term aviation strategy, listing key points to support future growth.
The CEO of Birmingham Airport, Paul Kehoe, responded positively to the report maintaining it was an "integral piece of their long-term aviation puzzle".
Proposals for an expansion of Birmingham Airport have not been shortlisted as part of a report published this morning.
The Airports Commission report has looked at ways to maximise airport capacity.
However, it did say that Birmingham Airport could be considered as a potential option for a second new runway by 2050.
A report looking at the future of the UK's airports is being published today.
The document by the Airport Commission is expected to look at ways to maximise capacity, including those suggested for Birmingham.
Birmingham Airport has already said it wants to grow to capitalise on passengers from HS2, the planned High Speed Rail line linking London to the Midlands and the north of England.
More than 70 million passengers would pass through Birmingham Airport every year if it is given the chance to grow, according to bosses.
The chief executive of Birmingham International has set out his vision for the airport ahead of a report by the Airports Commission looking at the air travel sector.
Paul Kehoe believes the airport should cash in on HS2 - which would put the airport just 30 minutes from London.
His comments came as he called for "balance" in the debate, warning that disproportionate focus on London airports would be detrimental to the rest of the country.
Birmingham Airport is in a unique position to grow. We could double in size in the short-term and our runway extension will enable us to deliver long-haul flights around the world.
With HS2, we will be 31 minutes from central London – the same journey time as the Gatwick Express – and we could incrementally grow to serve over 70 million passengers a year.
But it is clear that expansion at Heathrow would stifle the ability of the rest of the industry to flourish.
Like Gatwick, we would not consider building a second runway if a third runway at Heathrow was on the cards – the business case would not stack up.
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."
Some flights are delayed in and out of Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport today because of a problem across the country with UK Air Traffic Control.
The fault means it has been difficult to switch between night time and daytime operation. Normally at night, when it is quieter, sections of airspace are combined and they are split again in the day.
The National Air Traffic Control service says safety has not been compromised at any time. Passengers are being advised to check for delays before they travel.