Steve Hollis comments on the Government’s approval of a third runway at Heathrow

Steve Hollis, Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, commenting on the Government’s approval of a third runway at Heathrow, said:

“We welcome the Government’s decision to invest in aviation capacity at Heathrow, but with the additional runway not operational until 2025 at the very earliest, it is clear that we now need a strategy to grow major regional airports to the benefit of UK plc. The Secretary of State confirmed that regional airports have a vital role to play and Birmingham Airport has already shown significant growth over the past few years, with the potential to further increase passenger numbers. Combined with the arrival of HS2 in 2026, the airport is key to the national aviation strategy and crucial to propelling the Midlands Engine.  We look forward to working with the Government to explore these opportunities.”