Updating the Master Plan
We are currently consulting on our draft Master Plan 2018. This Master Plan identifies what development the airport will require over the next 25-30 years to facilitate the expected growth in passenger numbers. It sets out our plan for £500 million of new investment to modernise and extend our facilities so they are fit for the future and to interconnect with HS2.
Birmingham Airport is in a unique position as in ten years’ time it will become the UK’s only HS2 connected airport, growing the catchment into London with high-speed trains and serving Birmingham from the capital in c38 minutes. Our new Master Plan maximises the benefits of HS2 for Birmingham, the wider region, airlines and passengers. This public consultation will ensure that local communities and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to submit comments on any proposals for growth so that they can be taken into account before the final master plan is published in 2019.
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The Master Plan- 2007
The Airport Company launched its Airport Master Plan 'Towards 2030: Planning a Sustainable Future for Air Transport in the Midlands' in November 2007.
The Master Plan set out a framework for the sustainable development of Birmingham Airport up to 2030. It illustrated how the Airport intended to meet the regional demand for air travel over the plan period of 23 years. Sitting beside the Master Plan was the Airport Surface Access Strategy entitled 'Moving Together' (see the Surface Access Strategy section for more details).
The Midlands' Principal International Gateway
The Airport’s Master Plan was 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 concluded that Birmingham Airport should continue to be developed as the Midlands’ principal international gateway.
The Master Plan set out a long term vision for the Airport and recognised the need to manage and mitigate the environmental impact of air transport and airport development.
The Master Plan included a number of Airport policies and development proposals, which were 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.