12 NOVEMBER 2018
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A new baggage handling area, new road links including a new junction from the M42 and a larger departure lounge are key features of Birmingham Airport’s latest masterplan covering the next 15 years.
The £500m project, unveiled last week, is aimed at taking the airport’s annual passenger capacity to 18m by 2033 – 40% more than the current 13m and transforming it into one of Europe’s leading regional destinations. The airport will also gain a new railway station as part of the HS2 development.
Acting managing director Simon Richards said a second runway was no longer being considered by the airport given the government decision to expand Heathrow and Birmingham would continue with its single runway, which could handle up to 30m passengers a year.
Under the plan, the terminal as well as the larger departures lounge will have more public seating, shops, bars and restaurants and a glazed mezzanine to introduce natural light.
The check-in area on the ground floor will be improved to provide more space and the latest bag-drop technology, plus a new back-of-house baggage sorting area. The airport also plans an increase in aircraft stands from 58 to 69.
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