Aviation Minister Officially Breaks Ground on Birmingham Airport’s £30M Lounge Extension During Regional Connectivity Tour

Birmingham Airport CEO, Nick Barton (left) and UK Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard MP, marked the official start of Birmingham Airport’s departure lounge expansion on January 23. (Key – Tom Allett)

The UK’s Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard MP, joined Birmingham Airport CEO, Nick Barton, to officially break ground on its £30m departure lounge extension.

The departure lounge extension will provide a modern two-story extension with outdoor terrace area, growing the space by 45% to create more natural light, circulation space, seating and toilets, plus five new catering units and three additional retail outlets. It forms part of a wider terminal transformation project that will cater for the forecast growth in passenger numbers and is the biggest terminal investment Birmingham Airport has made in ten years, at a cost of £30m.

The Minister, Paul Maynard’s visit to Birmingham Airport is also the second stop on his UK tour of regional airports, as part of the Department for Transport’s Regional Air Connectivity Review. The review was launched last week as part of a series of measures to support regional connectivity across the UK, to ensure that people in all corners of the country benefit from prosperity and economic growth in years to come. For more information, see the February / March edition of Airports International magazine.