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Hard Talk: Paul Kehoe on BBC WM
steve dyson
Interview by Steve Dyson
BBC WM special correspondent and former Birmingham Mail editor

The CEO of Birmingham International Airport Paul Kehoe is the fourth guest on BBC WM's Hard Talk series.

Hard Talk sees special correspondent and former Birmingham Mail editor Steve Dyson asking influential people the questions that count.

Kehoe was announced as the new chief executive of the airport in 2008 and was tasked with overseeing a £120 million extension of the main runway.

The project has been delayed in part, says Kehoe, due to the recession.

Listen again to this to this exclusive interview with CEO Paul Kehoe.

Hard Talk with Steve Dyson - Paul Kehoe: Part 1

Paul Kehoe

In the first part of this interview, Kehoe explains how the recession has delayed the construction of the £120 million runway extension.

Intended to triple passenger capacity, the project hopes to introduce direct flight routes from Birmingham to India, China and the West Coast of America.

"It's still the airport company's commitment to bring forward a runway extension of some form," said Kehoe.

"The timing of which will not be for the Olympics."

The CEO also addresses the environmental impact that the project may have on the local community.

Hard Talk with Steve Dyson - Paul Kehoe: Part 2

In the second part of this interview, Kehoe addresses the recent decline in passengers using Birmingham Airport, on-site car parking charges and the impact of the proposed Birmingham to London high speed rail line.

He also discusses airport security policies, the proposed full-body scanners that were scheduled to be introduced at the airport and an alleged security breach in February 2010.

The interview with Paul Kehoe can be heard on 95.6FM BBC WM on Friday, 9 April 2010 at 9am and is repeated on Sunday, 11 April at 9.30am.

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