EXPANDING Birmingham Airport will be a major boost to the local economy Nick Clegg said on a visit to the site last week.
The Deputy Prime Minister met with airport and business bosses during a whistle-stop tour of the airport last Friday to discuss the runway extension.
Mr Clegg revealed the government is planning to invest £15 million of its regional growth fund into the expansion after recognising the Midlands’ importance in turning the economy around.
He said: “Lorely [Burt - Solihull’s MP] is always asking me to come and see the airport. She is always saying what a fantastic airport it is and I wanted to come and see it for myself.
“I can see walking through Birmingham Airport it’s very clean and coming through is a breeze compared to some other airports.”
Speaking of the runway expansion, due to be completed by 2014, Mr Clegg said: “We see the expansion as a major boost for the local economy, which is why we are investing government money into the scheme.
“This will affect investment decisions from companies like Jaguar Land Rover and that will have a knock on effect further down the supply chain - that’s a huge part of the British economy.
“Manufacturing in the West Midlands goes right to the heart of the British economy.
“Job, jobs, jobs are what everyone is thinking about.”
Mrs Burt joined Mr Clegg on the visit. She added: “We have a fantastic airport. Looking at airports like Gatwick and Manchester - there is no comparison. We do not need a Boris Island - we already have the capacity here to expand.”