The recently published draft Master Plan titled ‘The Midlands Gateway to the World’ for Birmingham airport includes a primary focus to increase capacity in order to “vastly improve the customer experience”. The expansion plans are set see the airport reach its goal of becoming one of Europe’s leading regional airports.
The airport wants to increase traffic to 18 million passengers per year by 2033, a 40 percent increase on its current figure of 13 million.
What will the £500 million investment bring:
- Larger departures lounge with increased seating capacity, shops and restaurants along with a glass mezzanine.
- A new baggage sorting area
- A larger security area and improved arrivals area.
- Additional aircraft stands – increasing from 58 spaces to 69
- Connections to the new HS2 interchange station
- Direct long-haul services to Asia and on the north Atlantic routes, as well as to more European cities and the Middle East.
The airport said that its forecast demand growth is “fully achievable on the existing single runway which has the physical capacity to handle 25 to 30 million passenger movements a year”.
Commenting on the news, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said “Birmingham Airport is a key part of an economy that is growing faster than anywhere else in the UK and it is important we invest and grow this asset to ensure it keeps being a driver of prosperity. These bold plans will not only see a huge investment by the airport but commit to using the existing single runway to drive this growth. For my part, I will work with the airport and key partners like HS2 and the NEC Group to ensure we deliver the world-class facility our region and country deserves.”
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