Richard Heard, BIA managing director: "Although some elements of the proposals will not be needed for many years, the draft master plan should help to remove uncertainty for our neighbours.
"The trust and support from the communities we serve is vital and crucial to our success.
"The airport brings many benefits to the local community, not least jobs and wealth, but we are aware that operations can impact on the lives of our neighbours. "We would want to have the extended runway operating by
2012. There's going to be a real focus on the entire UK and we think it will create economic benefits which we can seek to retain going forward."
John James, West Midlands' Institute of Directors chairman:
"The business case for the expansion of Birmingham Airport is in my view indisputable and the extension of the runway enabling direct flights to the Far East and the US western seaboard is needed now, particularly in the light of the planned expansion of the 'Milton Keynes Triangle'.
"To compete we need to be able to reach out globally. That is why it is vital that we can fly directly from Birmingham to Los Angeles or Singapore without our business leaders having to chop and change at other airports and, equally importantly, adding to congestion by driving to Heathrow."
Jerry Blackett, policy director for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce: "We need to really put some pressure on the Government and the Highways Agency, in the light of these plans, to do something about the M42 and Junction 6 of the M6. If that is not sorted out, i.e. widened, then this hugely exciting plan for the airport's growth won't happen.
"Indeed, we need to put pressure on the Treasury to recognise what this will mean for the region and start signing cheques."
Chris Crean from West Midlands Friends of the Earth: "Will the airport address the downsides of its activities and start to play its part as a mature business in a developed economy or will it duck this important opportunity to face up to its responsibilities?
"Do BIA and the aviation industry think that they can escape environmental taxation and their external responsibilities forever?
"There is no such thing as a cheap flight in the sense that aviation is one of the fastest growing contributors to climate change and we will all have to live with the consequences of that consumption.
"It is essential the regional assembly, with its regional planning hat on, and local planners Solihull Council give this strong scrutiny.
"It should not be seen as a fait accompli."