Birm­ing­ham takes off.

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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.”

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