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 decision by Birmingham Airport to announce a second runway is informed in large part by a report from the West Midlands Economic Forum.
Birmingham City Airport's new Air Traffic Control Tower has been crowned Project of the Year and won a further award for the best ‘Regeneration’ scheme at the 2013 RICS West Midlands Awards.
The Airport received the two gongs at a ceremony held at The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
The prestigious annual contest celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors, and has recognised the important part that the Airport’s developments play in supporting the region’s economy.
The acclaimed Project of the Year title is presented to the scheme which shows outstanding best practice.
The Air Traffic Control facility at Birmingham Airport triumphed over what the judges described as tough competition, winning not only the overall title but also the Regeneration category.
German airline Lufthansa have cancelled dozens of flights to the UK, including routes to Birmingham Airport, because of industrial action.
Strike action has led to the cancellation of dozens of flights to and from the UK and Ireland by German airline Lufthansa.
Around 100 flights have been cancelled at airports in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dublin.
The one-day strike, which is due to a pay dispute, will affect Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg.
As a result, only about 20 of more than 1,650 scheduled short-haul flights will operate, long-haul services will also be hit.
Passengers affected by cancellations can re-book for free, Lufthansa said.
An airline pilot has been suspended after being arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of being over the legal alcohol limit.
The 51-year-old man, who works for airline Thomson Airways, was detained by West Midlands Police.
The incident took place on Sunday February 10, although details have only just emerged.
The pilot has since been told he will face no further police action, Thomson is carrying out its own investigation into the incident.
A spokeswoman for the airline said: "Thomson Airways is aware that allegations of an aviation offence brought against one of our pilots have been dropped.
"However, we are continuing to conduct an internal investigation into the situation, and the pilot in question has been suspended.
"We are not able to comment further until our investigations are complete."
The pilot, who has not been named, was initially released on bail pending further inquiries after being arrested inside the airport on suspicion of being unfit to perform aviation duties due to drink.
A pilot has been suspended from his job after he was arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of being unfit to work due to alcohol.
The incident happened last month, West Midlands Police confirmed today.
The 51-year-old man has been suspended by Thomson Airways which says it's conducting an internal investigation.
West Midlands Police says he has been released from bail and no further action will be taken.
A report has found that border officials at Birmingham Airport could have been carrying out illegal bag searches, without the passengers' knowledge.
It said: "Despite the fact that the current Border Force enforcement handbook guidance prohibited this activity, staff confirmed they were carrying out covert baggage searches."
A Border Force spokesman said:
Searching baggage, including when the owner is not present, is a legal and proportionate response to this issue. Any such searches must be authorised by a senior officer.
We have already taken action on the recommendations the Chief Inspector made in his report.
– John Vine, Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
I found there was no central record to show occasions where covert baggage searches were carried out, but no seizures were made.
The absence of these records meant that no assurance could be provided to demonstrate that this power was being used in a lawful, proportionate and controlled manner.
Illegal luggage searches could have been conducted by border officials at one of Britain's busiest airports, without the passengers' knowledge.
Over 1,000 pieces of luggage were seized at Birmingham Airport in the year to September.
However, Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine said there was no record of the instances in which these searches did not result in a successful seizure.
Because of this, there is no way of knowing the total number of searches conducted in the period, and whether border staff were breaching passengers' rights.