Birmingham Airport publishes final Master Plan

14 June 2019 (Last Updated June 14th, 2019 11:39)

Birmingham Airport has published its final Master Plan and Surface Access Strategy, following a consultation with the public to gather feedback from the community and regional stakeholders.

Birmingham Airport publishes final Master Plan
The Master Plan outlines how the airport will develop its site to handle the rise in passenger numbers up to 2033. Credit: Birmingham Airport.

Birmingham Airport has published its final Master Plan and Surface Access Strategy, following a consultation with the public to gather feedback from the community and regional stakeholders.

The Master Plan outlines the way Birmingham Airport will develop its site to cater to the rise in passenger numbers up to 2033.

In its plan, the airport outlined an investment of £500m to transform the terminal and customer experience, while creating jobs for 34,000 people and generating more than £2bn in regional economic benefits.

The final Master Plan also addresses feedback obtained from the public during the 12-week consultation period, which started last year.

Over the period, the airport received 129 responses. The majority of community and residents responded to the set questions through the website.

A total of 132 people attended public events held in 20 venues across Solihull, Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell.

Of the overall respondents, 77% of them backed the airport’s decision to make use of the existing runway, whilst 70% agreed it should safeguard land for the future.

Meanwhile, 73% supported the airport’s plans to increase employment and economic benefits and 74% wanted to see it minimise environmental impacts as it grows.

Another 70% agreed with Birmingham Airport’s approach to community engagement.

Birmingham Airport CEO Nick Barton said: “We’ve applied significant efforts to consult as far and wide, through as many channels as possible, with as many people as we could, to give people the chance to tell us what they think of our future plans.

“We’re therefore pleased to see that the majority of feedback received was in general support of our plans for growth, which were considered to be sustainable, economically viable, and socially responsible.”

The most common feedback was given for surface access, the environment, and flight path changes, and for more flights to the US and Far East.