BIA runway approval starts ambitious growth plans

Following my earlier posts on the proposals to extend Birmingham International Airport's runway (21 days before take off , Heathrow Terminal 6 - Birmingham International, All we want for Xmas is a runway extension) Hazel Blears as Local Government Secretary decided not to "call-in" the decision of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to grant planning permission for the scheme.

Subject to signing legal agreements with the airport the project has full go-ahead and looks likely to be one of the last major airport developments in the UK with a future Tory government likely to block developments at Stansted and Heathrow airports.

This opportunity has led Birmingham International to reveal development plans with the Birmingham Post reporting Birmingham Airport plan to create super terminal with ambitious plans to double passenger numbers to 20 million a year with the two terminals knocked into one to attract Selfridges-style stores to the complex.

The development of the airport and it's ability with an extended runway to serve more global destinations together with High Speed connecting Birmingham and London in three quarters of an hour offer Birmingham as a major modern hub for the UK and should attract passengers, vistors and business to Birmingham.


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