New runway at Birmingham Airport could take six years
could be delayed six years or longer if the Government calls in a £130million
runway extension scheme.
executive officer Paul Kehoe in his first public interview since taking the reins
at the airport.
to three years – in advance of an anticipated three-year building programme.
Christmas – and the Government Office for the West Midlands nods it through –
building could be under way as soon as the middle 2009.
absolutely critical we get our plans spot on. There is a lot of emotion around
this – it is a very important decision. It is critical we get it right.
great sense – but you never know. Nothing is a given – it could be three months,
six months, three years."
the project for a public inquiry, delaying the airport’s hopes of offering long
haul flights to locations such as the US West Coast and China.
throw a spanner in the works, with the potential for the Conservatives to oppose
large scale airport expansion.
plan to build and £130 million of money."
current 2,600-metre length to 3,000 metres, putting it on a par with the facilities
at nearby East Midlands Airport.
£45 million of extensive realignment work to the adjacent A45, plus the provision
of a new control tower.
up vital and potentially lucrative access to the likes of California and burgeoning
Far East markets such as China and India.
claiming the move would vastly increase noise nuisance and carbon emissions.
in 2012 and the massive revamp of New Street Station.
Airport and former managerial positions at airports in London, Luton and Belfast.