Birmingham Airport runway expansion would increase passenger numbers

Birmingham Airport runway expansion would increase passenger numbersExpansion plans for Birmingham Airport could see over 20 million more passengers pass through the facility each year, the Guardian reports.

If proposals for a £120 million runway extension go ahead it would mean that the number of travellers which could use Birmingham Airport would jump from nine million to 30 million.

The longer runway would mean that transatlantic destinations would become accessible from the hub.

Paul Kehoe, chief executive of the airport, told the newspaper: "You will have exactly the same aeroplanes you have today. But with those 400 extra metres taking the runway to 3,000m, they can fly 2,000 miles further and reach Beijing and the west coast of the US."

He added that the expansion would make better financial sense than building a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

It is believed that if the runway was expanded, it would bring benefits to the local economy by driving up demand for BirminghamAirport hotels and parking.

The facility is currently in the middle of a wide-ranging improvement project for terminal one, which recently saw the opening of three new Pret A Manger sandwich shops.

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