Birmingham Airport to spend £100m on improvements

Birmingham Airport has said it will spend £100 million on improvements to its facilities, including its baggage processing.

The new improvements will see money spent on self-service check-ins, additional car parking and on air traffic control at the airport.

The airport has taken air traffic control services in-house after ending its contract with the national services, NATS.

Work has already started on the most significant programme to replace the hold baggage screening system with the latest advanced baggage x-ray sortation operation.

Airport bosses say this will more than double amount of baggage the system can process every hour.
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Paul Kehoe, the airport’s chief executive, said: “We have seen enormous growth at Birmingham Airport over the last few years and we are currently welcoming 11 million passengers a year through our terminal.

“We’re therefore making this investment to enhance operational efficiency and improve the passenger journey in time for the summer 2017 season, when we’ll welcome 15 new routes with Jet2 and anticipate in excess of 12 million passengers over the next year.

“Looking more long-term, Birmingham Airport is in a unique position as in 10 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 about 30 minutes.

“We’re therefore working on our master plan to look at options which maximise the benefits of HS2 for Birmingham, the wider region, airlines and passengers.

“This will allow us to scope out how we can create a truly integrated transport network that can take the pressure off the overheated London system and transform our facility from a 25 million potential passenger site to 60m plus in the future.”