Birmingham Airport (BHX) has launched its draft Master Plan, titled, The Midlands Gateway to the World. It described the plan as “ambitious yet sustainable” and said it was focussed upon “addressing the key constraints to more rapid growth.” The draft plan is based upon using the existing single runway but calls for a self-financed major expansion of the terminal facilities and additional aircraft parking stands. It also highlights the desire to work with national agencies and regional partners to deliver improved public and road transport surface access for passengers.
The launch of the draft Master Plan triggers the start of a 12-week public consultation for stakeholders to feed back their views on the Airport’s Plans. A number of public exhibitions will take place throughout the West Midlands from November 12, 2018 to January 22, 2019. The consultation period will end on January 31, at 23:59.
The airport’s acting managing director, Simon Richards, said: “Birmingham Airport is already the preferred national and international aviation hub for the Midlands and our ambition is to build on this to become one of Europe’s leading regional airports, acting as a key economic accelerator, delivering great service to passengers, and helping to showcase the region.
“Over the next 15 years, we will expand and significantly improve the airport to maximise our potential as a single runway airport by investing £500 million. Our plans take account of our forecast growth and will increase operational efficiency for our airlines and partners and improve the experience for our passengers.”
Full details of the plan and how to feedback can be found at www.bhxmasterplan.co.uk
The airport said the final version of the Master Plan will be published in early 2019.