Tips for flying from Birmingham airport
Birmingham airport, the UK’s seventh busiest, is still smaller than it should be, despite having nearly 80 per cent of the country’s population within two hours of it, wrote Conservative MEP Daniel Dalton.
[Daniel Dalton: Birmingham can be a new hub airport for London and the UK, Conservative Home, 10 Oct 2016]
HS2, which will include a station at the airport, will make central London only thirty-five [sic] minutes away. This means that Birmingham will be, in travel time, closer to central London than Heathrow, Gatwick, or Stanstead [sic] airports.
By the same definition it will also be closer to Central London than Hong Kong, Singapore, or Melbourne airports are to the city centres they serve.
There is real potential for Birmingham to be a hub airport for London, which would take the pressure off runways in the South East and, just as importantly, air space which is already the most crowded in Europe.
More importantly, there is potential for the airport to expand without the huge problems of space and noise associated with airport expansion in the South East.
There is also potential for the airport to expand without the huge problems of space and noise associated with airport expansion in the South East. Although airport expansion anywhere is controversial, and the needs of local residents have to be a top priority, there is potential for a second runway at Birmingham.
What is the potential for the airport to ‘easily expand’?
According to Mr Dalton, it could be expanded over the HS2 railway itself, and the (recently-closed) Packington landfill site.
But perhaps there are examples of airports being built over rubbish tips. Does anyone know of them?