Birmingham Airport 'could replace third Heathrow runway'
Wed, 07 Oct, 2009
The boss of Birmingham Airport has welcomed Conservative plans to scrap the proposed third runway at London Heathrow Airport and said his site is ready to act as a replacement.
Birmingham Airport chief executive officer Paul Kehoe welcomed a proposal from shadow transport secretary Teresa Villiers that greater use of Birmingham Airport would be a greener alternative to a third runway.
Mr Kehoe told the Birmingham Post that the airport was ready to respond to the challenge.
"By attracting those who waver towards Heathrow to use Birmingham instead, we will create jobs and help to rebuild the local economy," he said.
Ms Villiers had said that there comes a point when putting more flights into the same crowded corner of England imposed an unacceptably high cost on quality of life and the environment.
Birmingham Airport currently serves around nine million passengers a year, in comparison with the 64 million people using London Heathrow Airport each year.