Lichfield’s MP has urged the Government to consider allowing expansion at Birmingham Airport.
Michael Fabricant made his comments after the controversial decision to build a third runway at Heathrow was approved.
He told the House of Commons that the decision had been “long overdue” but urged further expansion to be rolled out in other areas too.
“Some countries will have developed three entire nuclear power stations and five airports in the amount of time this has taken to be kicked into the long grass by two Labour Prime Ministers and I am afraid a Conservative Prime Minister too,” he said.
“It is a reflection on this Prime Minister that the decision has finally been made. But why can we not still be talking about expansion at Birmingham Airport and indeed at Gatwick, too?”
Mr Fabricant believes that Birmingham is perfectly situated for further air travel capacity.
“With more new jobs being created in the West Midlands than anywhere outside London, the only area in Europe enjoying a trade surplus with China, and the only airport actually linked with HS2, we need our airport to expand to take full advantage of the economic prospects now on offer,” he said.
“It is estimated that by 2050, 55 million passengers could be travelling through Birmingham Airport each year and it will need the capacity to handle that amount of traffic.”