Birmingham Airport Welcomes the Airports Commission’s Recognition of its Role in the UK’s Long-Term Aviation Strategy

Published on : Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Birmingham-Airport-logoThe Davies Commission report has welcomed Birmingham Airport’s long-term vision and affirmed the importance of the Airport in the UK’s long-term aviation strategy.

The Davies Commission made key points that will support the future growth of the Airport:-

• Potential building for a second-runway as a long-term option.

• Rejection of a dominant hub-airport model as the only answer for Britain’s aviation needs.

• Making the most of Birmingham’s capacity in the medium-term.

• The impact of HS2 on the airport’s future development.

Commenting on the report Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said: “Our hard work has paid off. Birmingham Airport has today been recognised as an integral piece of the long-term aviation puzzle, supporting the growth of aviation links across the UK, which is a positive step forward for the Midlands economy.

“And whatever the long-term solution, the Commission has also recognised that Birmingham Airport can grow immediately and we will work with the Government on the policy recommendations set out in this report in order to deliver this.

“We will continue to work alongside our stakeholders to ensure Birmingham Airport delivers for local businesses, passengers and the economy.”

However, concerns remain that the report does not address the whole British economy.

“Despite the stated remit of the Commission to take a “UK wide perspective”, the Interim Report focuses disproportionately on the South East further entrenching the dominance of the South East economy to the detriment of the growth of the rest of the UK.”

Source:- Birmingham Airport

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