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Notes to Editors:
. The track keeping of aircraft is strongly linked to noise impacts as well as visual intrusion. In order to minimise the impact of aircraft on departure from Birmingham International Airport has established Noise Preferential Routes (NPRs), which are designed to take aircraft over the least populated areas.
. BIA is the UK's second largest airport outside London, the third largest for charter traffic, and the UK's fifth largest overall.
. In 2005, BIA handled 9,388,754 passengers, 5.8% more than the previous year.
. BIA is currently consulting on long-term development proposals. The draft Master. Plan includes an extension to the existing runway and a new second runway to cope with a forecast 33 million passengers a year by 2030. The development could support as many as 27,430 job opportunities and generate income of GBP957 million in the West Midlands region.
. BIA Ltd is a public/private partnership. The shareholders include the seven West Midlands district councils (49%), Aer Rianta (24.125%), Macquarie Airports Group (24.125%) and the Employee Share Trust (2.75%).
. Lochard is the global leader in helping airports Expand their Environmental CapacityT. Lochard has Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring Systems installed in over 130 airports worldwide including Chicago, Denver, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego, Heathrow, Zurich, Sydney and Hong Kong.
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