The UK’s Birmingham Airport has today (July 26) published its response to the Airport Commission’s challenge to deliver aviation capacity in the long term. It claims its vision would cost under £7bn (US$10.8bn) to deliver and would be part of a networked national solution for UK aviation.
The submission outlined incremental development, including the potential for more runway capacity to the east of the existing airport sometime after 2030.
It includes written endorsements from almost 150 local businesses, LEPs, Chambers of Commerce and district councils who support the proposals. The airport will be rolling out a local community engagement programme to information communities about the proposals and hear their views over the autumn.
The current runway infrastructure has the capability of handling 27 million additional passengers. In the longer term, Birmingham’s vision: “could form part of the solution that would maintain the UK’s global aviation status for the foreseeable future, providing capacity for at least 70 million passengers, and at the same time would protect and create employment growth.”
A second runway would only be built when demand requires it and/or in response to government policy. Furthermore, the airport argues that by using the new runway for night flights, it could remove more than 13,000 people out of the 57dB night noise contour, representing a 100% reduction.
Chief Executive Paul Kehoe commented: “People in the Midlands are united behind our proposals. Our submission has widespread support from stakeholders. This is because people recognise that to grow local economies outside the South East and rebalance growth, we need the direct international connectivity to encourage inward investment and support trade.
“We have recommended to the commission a network of great long-haul airports to serve Britain’s great cities. Our proposals show that Birmingham Airport is in a position to sit at the heart of this network, serving a valuable catchment area and relieving pressure on congested airports in the South East.”