£ 500M LIFT- OFF!
Brum airport announces huge 15- year plan to expand with revamped facilities and new routes
BIRMINGHAM Airport is to undergo a £ 500 million facelift and investment as it increases capacity by five million passengers a year.
The transformation will take place over the next 15 years and will improve facilities, add new routes and provide better traffic access.
Among the changes planned are:
A larger departure lounge with a mezzanine floor, new retail and restaurant units, more toilets and seating.
The ground floor check- in area will be revamped to have more self- service desks and the latest bag- drop technology.
A new back- of- house baggage sorting area will be aimed at improving efficiency.
The security area will be enlarged and a new arrivals section will be created.
There will also be 11 additional aircraft stands and better public transport and road access for passengers.
But the announcement quashes any lingering questions over whether a second runway will be opened any time soon as the airport says its aims are all achievable on the current single runway, in line with Government policy of making the best use of existing runways.
The transformation will fuel the airport’s aim of increasing passenger numbers to 18 million by the year 2033.
Although this is still well short of its estimated 30 million maximum, it would still represent an increase of around five million passengers per year.
The airport is also planning to secure a greater choice of flights and destinations, both short and long- haul routes, alongside more charter services and destinations with full- service and budget carriers, adding to its existing 150 destinations.
Birmingham Airport, the UK’s seventh largest, claims the selffunded investment will raise its contribution to the local economy from £ 1.5 billion to £ 2.1 billion a year and take employment to 34,000 jobs in 2033. The changes would sit alongside improved
regional connectivity and a direct link to the HS2 Interchange station, set to be built around 1.2 miles away.
The masterplan – entitled The Midlands Gateway to the World – is launched today and kicks off a three- month public consultation.
Acting managing director Simon Richards says: “Over the next 15 years, we will expand and significantly improve the airport to maximise our potential as a single runway airport by investing £ 500 million.
“Our plans take account of our forecast growth and will increase operational efficiency for our airlines and partners and improve the experience for our passengers.”
Public exhibitions will take place throughout the West Midlands from November 12 to January 22, 2019, and the consultation period ends on January 31, 2019.
The final version of the masterplan will be published early next year.
CGI of plans for a new check- in area with self- service desks
CGI of plans for a new departure lounge with mezzanine floor
The existing check- in area