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Wednesday 8th of October 2014
Sam at Car Hire Birmingham Airport agrees that more should be done to help the regions airports become places to thrive.
The chief executive of Birmingham Airport has spoke about being able to boost business in the regions by purely re-designating city airports. He told a Government minister that by making Birmingham Airport and others such as Manchester into national airports they would begin to lever in more direct flights and more inward investment.
But recently other airports have begun to expand direct long-haul services, such as the recent increase of direct services between Birmingham and India. The airport boss was speaking at a Conservative Party fringe event, where he shared the platform with transport minister Robert Goodwill. The meeting heard that business travellers from the regions are as likely to use Schiphol or Frankfurt airports for long haul connections as they are Heathrow.
Mr Kehoe said “All it would take is for Government to recognise that there is a network of national airports in this country – not just city airports feeding the hub at Heathrow. Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle could become national airports for the UK. It would cost nothing, but with this encouragement we could go on and achieve so much more.”
Mr Kehoe also pushed the case for the proposed HS2 interchange station next to the airport and NEC to be officially named Birmingham Airport station. He added “Birmingham has ambitions of being a global city and is almost there, it has all the ingredients, but we need to push the transport agenda.”