Birmingham Airport Runway

Work on the new runway at Birmingham International Airport begins today. Bosses say the extended runway will unlock the Far East and the rest of the world.

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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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