Birmingham airport aspiration to be a major air transport hub
in the country, spearheading the economic revival of the West Midlands.
latest phase of the £100m redevelopment of the airport.
in the One Terminal strategy which has seen the airport’s two former terminals
combined into one entity.
and was set to underline Birmingham’s growing importance to the UK transport network
over the next 15 years.
community but is performing an increasingly important function as a crucial part
of the UK national airport infrastructure,” he said at the ceremony to officially
mark the opening of the new terminal.
of HS2 rail link which will pass within a kilometre of the airport and will whisk
passengers direct from London to the airport in around 35 minutes – roughly the
time it takes commuters to travel from the centre of London to Gatwick.
this better and regional airports will play an important role in this, especially
when they have the facilities here,” said Mr Hammond.
the fortunes of Birmingham, the airport and the NEC.
and would pave the way for direct long haul flights to the United States and China.
had been worthwhile and had delivered facilities unrivalled by any other UK regional
of a process that would transform Birmingham into a global gateway.
sent out for the £65m runway extension. The extension, aided by a recent settlement
through the Regional Growth Fund, is scheduled for completion in 2014.
will allow the airport to serve long-haul airliners up to the size of the giant
Airbus A380. The £35m scheme to link the terminals has seen an improved security
area and passport control plus the creation of new retail and catering facilities
such as the 50,000sq ft of retail space for WorldDutyFree.
name and introducing a new logo.
in London and the south-east as the government seeks to rebuff criticism that
it lacks a coherent aviation policy.
in the country’s airport infrastructure. “Because of the pressure on airports
in the south-east, it makes sense to use our regional airports
airport capacity in the south-east right now,” said Mike Carravick, chief executive
of BAR UK, the industry grouping representing all scheduled carriers.
the time would shrink to 35 minutes, making the journey quicker than from central
London to Gatwick and Stansted.
terminal, believes a high-speed rail network is key to relieving bottlenecks at
airports as it removes the need for domestic flights.
of their biggest airports into high-speed rail networks, allowing airlines to
offer combined ticketing with rail operators.
to extend its one runway, which will allow aircraft to carry enough fuel to reach
the US west coast and Asia. Work is due to be completed by 2014.