Work starts on runway extension at Birmingham Airport

By Laura Payne Wednesday 28 November 2012 Updated: 29/11 14:03

WORK has begun to extend the runway at Birmingham Airport.

The £33million development will allow the airport to operate flights to destinations currently out of reach such as China, South America and the west coast of the USA.

The extended runway, which will be increased by 405 metres to a total of 3,003 metres, is due to open in early 2014.

Airport bosses believe the development will take cars off the road as passengers who have previously travelled to airports in the south east for long haul flights will be able to choose to fly from Birmingham instead.

And they have been lobbying the government to assign national airport status to key gateways to UK markets and believe Birmingham could be recognised as the gateway at the heart of UK manufacturing.

The airport is also making a further investment of £13million for the construction of a new air traffic control tower and radar system, which will be in operation from early 2013, as well as £9million on resurfacing the entire runway.

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport's CEO, said: "The strong economic profile of the Midlands means that businesses are crying out for direct connectivity from their local airport so it makes no sense that 3.3 million passengers from the West Midlands last year flew from airports in the south east, adding congestion on the roads and at Heathrow which is already 99.2 per cent full.

"Redirecting this traffic back to the Midlands would release high value, long-haul capacity at London airports and boost the UK's trading potential.

"We have plenty of spare capacity at Birmingham now. Our passenger numbers could double from the current nine million a year to eighteen million today and the runway extension will allow us to increase beyond thirty six million in future years."

Visit www.hellomoreworld.co.uk for more information.

Popular »

1 Tory cries foul over leaflet claims

2 Actress pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham

3 First Jaguar to be built in Solihull launched

4 Man appears in court charged with murder of parents

5 Guide Dogs always amaze

More news »

Tributes paid to campaigning farmer

TRIBUTES have poured in for Hockley Heath farmer

Lorry crash prompts call for action

A WOMAN whose house was badly damaged when

Comet store closes

WORKERS at Comet have been dealt a festive

Beautiful orchids brighten up the winter

THE HALLS of Arden School were filled with

Regional news »


Coventry Observer
Dogs kept in appalling conditions at city home

A GERMAN Shepherd dog breeder has been disqualified from keeping ...

Redditch Standard
Thousands sample food at Alcester

THOUSANDS of visitors descended on Alcester as part of its ...

Leamington Observer
Crime victims to have say on punishments

VICTIMS of crime in Warwickshire can now have a say ...

Stratford Observer
More than £1.2million spent by SDC on planning appeals

MORE than £1.25 million has been spent on planning appeals ...