Ian Austin has called on the Government to invest in capacity at Birmingham Airport.
The Dudley MP says boosting capacity at Birmingham will boost the economy in the West Midlands, bringing more jobs and businesses to the region, and take pressure off over-heated London and the South East.
The Airports Commission has recently released its final report on increasing airport capacity across Britain to meet demand. The Government is now considering the report’s recommendations to expand either Heathrow or Gatwick to deliver more flights.
Speaking in a debate on the commission’s report, Austin said that investment in regional airports like Birmingham is the best way to increase capacity. The MP set out the benefits of investment at Birmingham, arguing that the airport is within two hours’ drive for 35 million people, contributes £1 billion to the economy and will be 40 minutes from London on HS2.
Austin is a former Minister for the West Midlands, and the new runway at Birmingham Airport as evidence of the success of previous devolution to the region.
He is now campaigning for major investment through the Government’s devolution deal with the West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver more jobs, new homes, better transport links and higher skills across the region.
Ian Austin said:
“There’s no reason why airport capacity, and the jobs and investment that come with it, have to be concentrated in London and the South East.
“If the Government is serious about devolution let’s invest in regional airports like Birmingham that’s already contributing £1 billion to the economy and within two hours’ drive for 35 million people.”