Birmingham Airport calls for UK Government backing: Express & Star

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News)
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[Express & Star] Birmingham Airport is calling on the Government to  endorse its national  status as chief executive Paul Kehoe revealed talks with  Far Eastern  airlines about launching new flights from the site in the  future.

CEO Paul Kehoe revealed talks with Far Eastern airlines about launching new flights from the site in the future

CEO Paul Kehoe revealed talks with Far Eastern airlines about launching new flights from the site in the future

Mr Kehoe has returned from a trip promoting links between the West Midlands  and China.

And he has dismissed claims from airports group BAA that Heathrow Airport is  the only answer to forging new air links with the country.

He has been talking with a string of Far Eastern airlines during a three-day  visit to the Chinese city of Chengdu for the Routes Asia conference. Mr Kehoe  said feedback from the airlines was positive, with many now considering  Birmingham as a new destination once the runway extension is completed in  2014.

He said: “We hear so much from BAA about the UK losing lucrative new routes  because of the capacity constraints at Heathrow but the South East isn’t the  only solution.

“Our runway extension will allow aircraft to fly direct from China, bringing  investment to the region, and giving airlines and passengers an alternative to  battling with London’s congestion problems. We now need the UK Government to  endorse Birmingham Airport, when it releases its Aviation Policy Review later  this year, as a national airport that can offer a rapid and cost effective  solution to the aviation gap.”

Mr Kehoe and his team had the largest airport stand at the Routes Asia event,  aiming to demonstrate the strong trading links with China by showing a film  about the partnership between the airport and MG Motors, a company owned by Shanghai  Automotive.

William Wang, managing director of Longbridge-based MG Motors has said there  is serious need for direct flights between Birmingham and Shanghai for business passengers, the  region’s large Chinese community  and the thousands of students that come  to Birmingham each year.

Since 2003, after London, Birmingham has attracted more Chinese investment  projects than…..

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Express & Star
Monday 30th April 2012


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