Responding to the Airports Commission
The Airports Commission was formed in November 2012. Sir Howard Davies has put down a challenge to the industry to deliver a long-term vision that maintains the UK’s position as an international hub for aviation, and supports economic growth.
Making the best use of existing capacity in the short and medium-term
Birmingham Airport’s response to the Airports Commission's call for evidence on how to make best use of capacity in the short-medium term, shows that the Airport could handle 27 million passengers by 2021 with only minor developments to existing infrastructure.
The "five ways" to make best use of spare aviation capacity outlined in the submission are:-
- Launch a “Great British Airports" marketing campaign at the 2013 World Routes convention
- Trial fifth freedom rights for non-EU carriers seeking to offer long-haul services from airports outside the South East
- Implement a differential tax regime at airports with spare capacity
- Implement a congestion charge at over-capacity airports
- Promote consumer choice through surface access improvements
By fulfilling its growth potential, the Airport would directly support the creation of 20,000 jobs, and is closely aligned with local economic growth and regional development strategies including the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. The submission was endorsed by representatives of business in the Midlands including the GBS LEP, Black Country LEP, the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Business Transport Group and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group.
The submission can be downloaded here.
Maintaining the UK's position as Europe's most important aviation hub
Birmingham Airport – A great airport for a great city
On 10th June 2013, Birmingham Airport launched its long-term vision for UK aviation. The vision shows how Birmingham Airport will be at the centre of a network of great airports delivering aviation capacity and connectivity to the great cities of Britain. The Airport’s development strategy will plug the greater Midlands economy into global wealth and enable businesses to reach the markets they need to deliver jobs and growth for future generations.
Birmingham Airport’s proposal meets the Airports Commission’s criteria because it is not just about runways. It is about creating the infrastructure to support Birmingham, London and Manchester. Each region has its own economic identity and requires unique international connectivity to cater for those needs.
Expansion at Birmingham Airport will make a substantial contribution to meeting growth in the UK’s air passenger demand in the long-term. It is cost effective, in line with UK climate change commitments and has been carefully designed to align with existing regional development and transport investment strategies. This consistency will maximise the social and economic value of major developments, such as the M42 gateway, HS2, and the Greater Birmingham project.
The Airport will be submitting a full response to the Airports Commission on 19th July 2013.
The launch pamphlet can be downloaded here.
Read Paul Kehoe's, CEO Birmingham Airport, speech at the launch event here.
Proposal for providing additional capacity in the longer term
Birmingham Airport submitted its proposal for providing additional capacity in the longer term to the Airports Commission on 19th July 2013. The submission explains that a second runway at Birmingham Airport would allow the Airport to handle 70 million passenger per annum, with room for further, very long-term growth.
The submission asks, amongst other requests, that:
- The Airport's proposal for a new full length runway to the East of the current site be short-listed and/ or the land for the new site safeguarded by the Commission for future development, subject to appropriate growth in passenger traffic.
- The Airport's proposal is recognised and short-listed as a scheme that could provide additional capacity for the UK in the long-term, and would form an essential part of a national aviation strategy based on a network of major long-haul airports.
- The Commission acknowledges that the proposed expansion scheme is fully aligned with existing and emerging regional development and transport investment strategies: GBSLEP's Delivering Growth, Solihull's M42 Economic Gateway; UK Central, the Black Country LEP's Core Strategy and High Speed 2.
- The Commission acknowledges that regional LEPs, business community and councils recognise that expansion of Birmingham Airport and the continued development of direct connectivity with the rest of the world will support and create thousands of jobs in an area of high unemployment.
- The Commission agrees that the wider development scheme, with HS2 and UK Central, be recognised as a project of national significance.
The full public submission can be downloaded here here.