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Airport boss wants twice as many flying

TWO terminals could become one at Birmingham Airport as bosses plan to double passenger figures to 20 million in ten years time.

TWO terminals could become one at Birmingham Airport as bosses plan to double passenger figures to 20 million in ten years time.

New airport boss Paul Kehoe is determined to pull in millions of extra travellers by creating a new super terminal that plays host to big-name retailers.

He believes that Birmingham is the ‘last great aviation opportunity in the UK’ and is hoping to take full advantage of it.

“The challenge for us is to take two terminals that we have and make them one,” said Mr Kehoe speaking at a Breakfast Connection organised by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Having two terminals is not very cost effective plus the one terminal concept, I believe, will give us an airport that is truly world class.”

It is hoped that these latest plans at the International Airport will help them compete with the likes of Heathrow and Gatwick.

The recent approval for the £130 million 400-metre runway extension has helped it move into new markets such as the American West Coast and China.

Mr Kehoe said they hoped to attract a wide range of retailers from Selfridges-style big premium stores to low value chains.

“What we have to do is tailor our operation to match our customer needs,” he added.

“We are an international airport but are not reaching out potential - we have to reach our potential.”

 

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