The Airport Company launched its current Airport Master Plan “Towards 2030: Planning a Sustainable Future for Air Transport in the Midlands” in November 2007. The Master Plan sets out a framework for the sustainable development of Birmingham Airport up to 2030. It illustrates how the Airport intends to meet the regional demand for air travel over the plan period of 23 years. Sitting beside the Master Plan is the Airport Surface Access Strategy entitled “Moving Together” (see the Surface Access Strategy section for more details).
The Airport’s Master Plan is a response to the 2003 Government White Paper “The Future of Air Transport”, which projected the demand for aviation growth across the UK up until the year 2030. The strategic advantages of Birmingham Airport with its proximity to motorways and the rail network are recognised in the White Paper and it concludes that Birmingham Airport should continue to be developed as the Midlands’ principal international gateway.
The Master Plan sets out a long term vision for the Airport and recognises the need to manage and mitigate the environmental impact of air transport and airport development. The Master Plan includes a number of Airport policies and development proposals, which are illustrated in phased implementation plans covering the period up to the year 2030.
By meeting regional demand locally, the Airport will reduce unnecessary long-distance surface journeys to other UK airports and generate sustainable long term economic growth locally and regionally. As the primary international gateway to the region, the Airport must also support the Midlands’ as a World Class destination and Birmingham’s ambitions to be a truly Global City.