Birmingham Airport has launched a £45 million extension to its terminal that will lead to a new state-of-the-art pier.
The project represents the airport’s biggest single investment in more than 20 years.
Replacing the current facility, which has been in use since 1984, the pier will comprise three storeys – one for arrivals, another for departures and a third for airline and handling agent offices.
Travellers will notice a number of improvements when the work is finished, including new airport lounges and separate channels for inbound and outbound passenger traffic.
Will Heynes, Birmingham’s operations director, said: "This investment will provide the airport with facilities to enable it to meet the growing demand for international services to global destinations from Birmingham.
"Once complete, the pier will provide a high quality gateway into the Midlands for foreign visitors."
The new facility could also enable Birmingham Airport to accommodate larger planes such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A330.