Birmingham Airport proposes itself as solution to proposed Heathrow 3rd Runway
October 20th, 2009 by elisa

runway by saragoldsmith.

Runway Picture by Flickr User sarahgoldsmith

Birmingham Airport has put itself forward as a “practically instantaneous” way to reduce the pressure on Heathrow amid debate over a proposed third runway at the London hub. Birmingham also claims to be the only airport with a significant planning consent for a runway extension already agreed.

“Birmingham is not seeking to transplant the Heathrow operation, but South East traffic could form an element of Birmingham’s wider portfolio,” an airport statement said. “Around 50% of the UK population is less than a two-hour drive from Birmingham. High speed rail could bring them much nearer, with central London only 40 minutes away, putting Birmingham in ‘Zone 4’ of the Underground Map.”

CEO Paul Kehoe said: “We have plenty of capacity and, linked to high-speed rail, we are uniquely positioned to not only claw back people from our own region, who make the long journey to Heathrow, but to attract passengers from the overheated South East. We will not just be London’s third runway as we have our own traffic – but by attracting those who waver towards Heathrow to use Birmingham instead, will create jobs and help to rebuild the local economy.”

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