HS2 and Birmingham Airport growth
The report also claimed that another 2.9 million passengers could be attracted to the airport by ‘cutting Air Passenger Duty [APD] by 100%’. So for increasing the number of airport users, cutting the rate of APD would seem to be much more effective than building HS2.
In 2013, according to the Civil Aviation Authority, 72.3 million passengers used London Heathrow airport (which was 3.4% more than in 2012). In 2014, Heathrow handled 73.4 million passengers (+1.4% on 2013) and Gatwick, 38.1 million (+7.5% on 2013).
It should be apparent that bringing an additional 0.75 million passengers to Birmingham airport with HS2, would not provide much in the way of capacity relief in terms of the overall aviation demand in South East England. Why ‘increasing the number of travellers flying to and from Birmingham Airport’, or bringing HS2 to the airport, should be public policy objectives, remains unexplained.