Birmingham Airport to submit runway extension plans
however, of those that fly, only 44% use Birmingham – primarily because the short
runway does not support the demand for long-haul destinations. Research by Loughborough
University has indicated that Birmingham is only connected with 3 of the ‘top
twenty’ fastest growing ‘Global Cities’ – primarily because of runway length.
Business leaders have long supported an extension to the main runway, which will
also stimulate the local economy. The article from UK Airport News says it would
be possible to complete the work by 2012, bringing the benefits of Global Connectivity
to the Midlands in the same year as the UK hosts the Olympic Games.