A £500m expansion to Birmingham Airport has been welcomed by economic development agency West Midlands Growth Company, who say the development will drive manufacturing business to the region.
The master plan will see the airport improve its public transport connections, enhance its security, and increase the number of aircraft parking stands and ancillary facilities by 2033. The airport is targeting 18 million passengers a year by the same year and says passenger numbers have already increased by 43% in the five years leading up to 2017.
West Midlands Growth Company CEO Neil Rami, said: “The West Midlands has firmly established itself as the UK’s driver of growth, fostering centres of excellence in business and leading the country’s traditional sectors – such as manufacturing and engineering.
“The region lies on the cusp of a period of great economic growth, supported by major infrastructure projects such as HS2, that will help attract more people and investment than ever before. To realise this potential, we are committed to working with our partners at Birmingham Airport to showcase the region to the world.”
Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce have already voiced support for the plans, with Rolls Royce director of economic development Paul Harris calling the plans “critical to our success”.