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New Midlands airport proposed

A NEW three runway airport could be built on land between Coventry and Rugby the government said this week.

A new airport to the south of the M6 and close to the West Coast Main Line, opening in 2011 is considered in the government's regional airport study for the Midlands published this week.

The airport may be needed because of difficulties developing an extra runway at Birmingham airport and poor access to East Midlands airport, says the Department for Transport's Future development of Air Transport In the United Kingdom: North of England consultation document. .

For the proposed airport to be viable Birmingham International airport would have to close. Viability would also depend on a decision to build just one major new runway in the South East. The airport would be expected to soak up air traffic overflow from the South East.

In the North, a third runway has not been considered at Manchester Airport as capacity would not need to be boosted until towards 2030. However, a major new terminal to open in 2015 may be needed, says the document.

In the South West a new airport to the north of Bristol could be considered if development is limited in the South East.

In Scotland a separate consultation document has suggested new runways at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.

Another consultation document for Wales says that the existing runway at Cardiff airport can meet demand over the next 30 years. But Cardiff's terminal would have to be expanded from 2015 onwards.

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