A £500m expansion of Birmingham Airport has been put on hold because of coronavirus.

Fears about the long-term impact the disease will have on the travel industry mean the half a billion pound revamp has been suspended.

Work had started on a £30m expansion of the airport’s terminal departure lounge in January.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, all non-essential work has currently been delayed or deferred, including the terminal extension. We will review our Capital Investment Plan once we have a clearer picture of what the recovery looks like for our industry. Our focus at this time is to maintain a safe and secure airport, capable of serving the return of traffic at the earliest possible time.”

Birmingham Airport spokesperson

The halting of the expansion comes during an unprecedented year for the airport.

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In March, the airport lost around 30% of its flights after Europe's largest regional airline Flybe went into administration.

It had successfully replaced some of the routes within hours.

And then in April, work on a temporary coronavirus mortuary at the airport neared completion.

Parts of the airfield were converted so they could be used to store bodies in case of a surge of West Midlands deaths during the pandemic.

A hanger and land at the airport were set to accommodate 1,500 bodies.

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