Birmingham Airport's long-term vision for UK aviation
The government is currently working out the UK's aviation strategy because Britain’s aviation arrangements are failing to meet the needs of passengers and the economy.
The future shape of the industry is unclear, but what is certain is that we must plan for a doubling in air traffic over the next fifty years. And it is unsustainable to keep relying on a system that funnels a third of our traffic through a constrained Heathrow.
Birmingham Airport believes that a one airport solution is not a national aviation strategy. It will not give the UK the resilience or flexibility it needs to respond to these trends in the long-run. Above all, we need a strategy that delivers for the economy – not just in the South East, but across the whole of the UK.
Great Airports for Great Cities
We believe that transport infrastructure acts as an economic enabler, a pathway to a virtuous cycle of growth, and each major regional economy cannot succeed without its own meaningful international gateway.
We believe the UK economy is large enough to support at least four major ‘national’ airports – London, Midlands, North West, Scotland – each serving as the international connectivity dimension of that region’s economic growth strategy moving forward.
It is also essential that long-term policy proposals are born out of the reality of needing to make the best use of existing capacity in the short to medium-term. Given the constraints on the South East and the potentially distant timescales of a new, purpose built hub, aligning long-term aviation strategy with short-term realities is vital to the health of UK aviation and economic policy.