MAJOR plans have been unveiled to expand East Midlands Airport in a move that could create thousands of jobs.
Bosses at the site want to more than double passenger numbers and expand its role as Britain’s biggest express freight airport.
Management hope to increase the number of passengers passing through from about four million a year now to 10 million by 2030.
The growth was announced as part of the airport’s long-term development plan, which the owners hope will combine growth with environmental responsibility.
Neil Robinson, corporate social responsibility director for owners Manchester Airport Group (MAG), said: “We made a commitment in 2006 when we launched the original masterplan, to update the document every five years to ensure that our plans remain relevant.
“After one of the worst recessions in 100 years, we are now entering an exciting time for the airport and it is important that we report on and update the commitments we have made.
“It’s paramount that we engage with our stakeholders on this and we’re keen to get out and talk to people face to face. In addition to the community outreach events, we will also be liaising with our local MPs, parish councils and staff members.”
It is hoped that under the plans, 7,000 more jobs would be created, with the airport also expanding terminals and car parking to meet demand.
The owners believe they can move 1.2 million tonnes of cargo a year as a result of the expansion plans.
Despite the expansion, the airport also hopes to be able to cut night-time noise by 25 per cent, work more closely with councils and business to support the local economy and transport links, introduce additional environmental measures such as more renewable energy, zero waste to landfill by 2015/16 and electric vehicle charging points and do more to make take-offs quieter and extend job training programmes.
A draft version of the sustainable development plan documents can be viewed online at ww.eastmidlandsairport.com/developmentplan