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Birmingham Airport expansion

Birmingham Airport says it could serve up to 70 million passengers a year if plans for a second runway are approved - almost eight times as many passengers as they serve currently. A detailed report on the proposals will be released today.

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Birmingham Airport: £7bn expansion plans announced

Birmingham Airport says its runway extension could create 243,000 new jobs for the Midlands Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Birmingham Airport has released plans for a second runway which would cost £7 billion and allow it to serve 70 million passengers a year.

The airport currently handles nine million passengers a year but is extending its runway so it can increase that number to 27 million.

It says the second runway would be built only when demand requires it and claims that, from 2030, the new runway would lower the number of people affected by night flights.

It also says extending its runway could deliver 243,000 jobs to the Midlands.

The plans have been submitted to the independent Davies commission which is examining how to increase airport capacity in the country.

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