Leaders of six West Midland district councils are demanding Government safeguards in return for dropping their opposition to the expansion of Coventry Airport.
The councils intend to fight proposals for a 10,000 sq m passenger terminal and parking for 3,425 cars unless their fears about competition between Coventry Airport and Birmingham International Airport are addressed.
The councils are concerned that the development at Coventry should not threaten the viability of scheduled air services at BIA, which is planning to extend its existing runway and considering building a second runway. They want four guarantees:
* Coventry's expansion must not prejudice the future growth of BIA.
* Environmental protection requirements proposed by Coventry must be improved.
* Coventry must encourage more passengers to use public transport to and from the airport.
* No more than two million passengers a year may use Coventry Airport.
The strategy is backed by Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall councils - all of whom have a direct financial interest in BIA.