Property consultant Mike Eagleton is urging developers to put their weight behind the lobby to expand Birmingham International Airport and create improved links with China, India and the Far East.
The lack of direct flights into two of the greatest emerging economies of the world will hamper the demand for quality office space - not just along the M42 corridor but also in Birmingham city centre, says Mr Eagleton, who heads up chartered surveying practice Eagleton & Company, based in the city's Jewellery Quarter.
Echoing the recent plea by Jerry Blackett, chief executive of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Mike Eagleton suggests property developers must work together with other business groups to maintain the region's competitiveness in attracting inward investment.
Birmingham has an international airport extremely close to its city centre and is surrounded by motorway links to the rest of the UK.
Office parks such as Coleshill Manor Office Campus, Blythe Valley, and Birmingham Business Park use the benefits of close proximity to Birmingham International Airport as a major part of their marketing strategy and even prestige office schemes in the city centre can boast a door to door distance to the airport of only eight miles.
Mr Eagleton cites the recent move by IM Group to Coleshill Manor Office Campus as a typical example of the type of global businesses which place international travel facilities high on the relocation criteria.
The move from West Bromwich to a £7 million, purpose built 37,000 sq ft, corporate headquarters for the company which imports and distributes Subaru, Isuzu and Daihatsu four wheel drive vehicles, provides company executives with a journey time from office reception to Birmingham Airport's departure terminal of fewer than 15 minutes - even at peak travel times.
He also points out that 'the phoenix' from the ashes of MG Rover in the form of Nanjing Automotive has propelled the second city into direct business dialogue with Chinese firms yet its airport cannot offer direct flights to China.
"Expansion of the airport in the form of an extension to the existing runway to allow long haul flights from Birmingham to China, India and the West Coast of USA - or a second runway - should be a priority if Birmingham is to compete in the race to build closer links and generate economic benefits with the emerging Tiger and Dragon economies.
"The property industry has a vested interest in ensuring that the Birmingham region can offer Indian and Chinese companies some of the finest locations for business in the UK," Mr Eagleton added.