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HS2 and Birmingham Airport growth

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HS2 could “help attract 750,000 additional passengers” each year to Birmingham Airport, according to The West Midlands Aviation Opportunity report produced by York Aviation.

Birmingham Airport, 'The West Midlands Aviation Opportunity' report (press release), 10 October 2015

Birmingham Airport, ‘The West Midlands Aviation Opportunity’ report was commissioned by the owners of Birmingham airport (press release, extract, 10 Oct 2015)

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).

Birmingham Airport, 'The West Midlands Aviation Opportunity' report (press release), 10 Oct 2015

Birmingham Airport, ‘The West Midlands Aviation Opportunity’ report (press release), 10 Oct 2015

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.

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Written by beleben

October 12, 2015 at 9:18 am

Posted in Aviation, Birmingham, HS2

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  1. Why is it that jobs lost due to an increased number of people leaving the UK to go on foreign holidays is never considered in these reports?

    K Sugden

    October 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm


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