London 2012: Olympic rings land at Birmingham Airport control tower
- 9 January 2012
- From the section Birmingham & Black Country
The organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games have announced that the control tower at Birmingham Airport will be decorated with Olympic Rings.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said the rings would become a "welcome spectacular" for those flying in.
Birmingham Airport plans to have the rings in place by 26 March.
The installation will coincide with the completion of the first phase of the new air traffic control tower build.
LOCOG chair Seb Coe said: "The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. To athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport.
"To visitors travelling from around the world and arriving in Birmingham they will excite and inspire them about the Olympic Games taking place in the UK."
The airport will also feature the London 2012 pictograms, showing the different sports and disciplines, along the taxiway and branding will also cover Diamond House opposite the terminal.
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport's chief executive officer, added: "With both the American and Jamaican track and field teams training in Birmingham prior to the games, plus the City of Coventry Stadium hosting a number of football games, the region will play a major part in this amazing occasion."