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Birmingham Airport boss urges Government to back regional airports

Car Hire Birmingham Airport agree that airports outside London could provide some support to the passenger congestion faced by those down in the South East.

The chief executive of Birmingham Airport has called on the Government to get behind airports from regions outside the London area. The remarks come as airport congestion is getting worse in the South East airports, with Paul Kehoe thinking more needs to be done to maximise the capacity of what airports around the country have rather than just the south.

Mr Kehoe told MPs, “The West Midlands is the only region in the UK with a positive balance of trade with China, with our advanced manufacturing base leading the way. Businesses in the region and beyond tell us they want to fly to growing markets around the world from their local regional airport, not have to travel through the congested South East. With air traffic set to double over the next 50 years, the Airports Commission is rightly looking at expanding UK airport capacity but we also need to see government action to make better use of the airports and runways we have already. This means changes to tax rules to encourage airlines to use regional airports for long haul routes and a concerted government-led marketing push around the world to let growing markets and foreign airlines know Britain’s city regions and our airports are open for business.”

Birmingham Airport is now capable of long-haul flights to destinations including China and the west coast of the US, plus will be even closer to London when the HS2 network opens. In July it will be the first major airport outside London to host a flight to and from China.