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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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.

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