It was a privilege to celebrate the launch of Birmingham Airport’s draft Master Plan at The Cube in Birmingham City Centre this morning, detailing ambitious plans to grow by 40% to 18 million passengers per year by 2033.

Birmingham Airport’s Chairman Tim Clarke and Acting MD Simon Richards were joined by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Ian Ward and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Cllr Ted Richards, to welcome partners from across the region to mark the launch of this exciting plan that will unlock huge economic potential for the region.

The draft Master Plan sets out a self-financed new investment of £500 million, which will improve, modernise and extend facilities.  This investment will deliver increased capacity and enhance the passenger experience, to drive international trade, investment, employment, inbound tourism and the success of the region’s many universities.

The draft Master Plan further reinforces the integral part the Airport plays as a catalyst for growth across the Midlands and in the UK’s economic prosperity.  It outlines the Airport’s role in driving future economic benefit to the region which will increase by 42%, totalling £2.1 billion a year and 34,000 jobs by 2033.

An ambitious yet sustainable plan, it outlines how the Airport will provide more flights to cultural hubs, business centres and a greater choice of outbound holiday destinations.  Furthermore, the Airport will continue to expand the existing wide range of short-haul and long-haul scheduled and charter services and destinations, with both full-service and low-cost airlines, whilst maintaining its strong commitment to balancing growth with a responsibility to the environment and the people who live and work in the Airport’s vicinity.

Ahead of the final Master Plan due to be published in early 2019, today’s launch triggers the start of a 12-week public consultation, ending on the 31st January at 23:59, for stakeholders to feedback their views on the Airport’s Plans.