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.”
The halting of the expansion comes during an unprecedented year for the airport.
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It had successfully replaced some of the routes within hours.
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.