In response to the announcement made by Sir Howard Davies on UK aviation capacity, Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said:
“We welcome today’s announcement as a positive step towards putting in place a long-term aviation strategy that supports the wider UK economy.
“At Birmingham Airport, we believe that this country needs a network of long-haul airports serving our great cities. Clearly, getting the right amount of aviation capacity for London is absolutely critical for the smooth functioning of such a network – but that is not the end of the story.
“To build a balanced Britain, we need international gateways up and down the country that are delivering on all cylinders for economies across the whole of the UK – including the South East, the Midlands, the North and Scotland.
“We’ve had a good steer on the capacity issue but we look forward to hearing more about aviation and the national economy in the Interim Report in December”.