Birmingham takes off.
INCREASED activity at Birmingham Airport, as a result of HS2, will significantly increase the airport’s contribution to the economy both in Gross Value Added (GVA) and jobs, according to a new Airport Operators Association report.
The report explores how suitable surface access to airports boosts connectivity, productivity and the economy.
It states: “It is estimated that the HS2 rail link will increase Birmingham Airport’s contribution to the UK economy by £52 million and create 1,300 jobs through direct, indirect and induced impacts.
“There are likely to be wider benefits, too. The new link could help Birmingham Airport capture 750,000 extra passengers by widening its catchment area. This in turn would help the airport attract more major airlines and develop its long-haul flight routes, improving international connectivity further.”