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Work begins on runway to the world

Diggers have started work extending the runway at Birmingham Airport. The longer runway would mean the airport can take long haul direct flights to major business markets like China and Brazil.

One report has claimed the increased trade could create almost a quarter of a million jobs in the Midland over the next thirty years.

But there's doubt that it will attract enough airlines if the government decides to increase airport capacity in the south east. Our business correspondent, Mark Gough reports.

Birmingham Airport starts to extend runway

Plane lands at Birmingham Airport Credit: PA Pictures

Birmingham Airport has officially began the extension of it's runway today.

405 meters of tarmac will be added on to the end of the existing runway.

It will mean that more lang haul flights can take-off and land at the airport, connecting the city to destinations like China, South America, South Africa and the West Coast of the USA.

Work is due to be complete by early 2014.

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