Pret A Manger has taken three steps towards its goal to be represented at all major airports across the UK, after securing locations at Birmingham airport.

The three new outlets will be the first to open in an airport outside the South East region. There will be one airside shop in the departure lounge of Terminal 1, one landside in Terminal 1 and a new external kiosk.

The food will prepared at a large on-site kitchen, and will enable Pret to react quickly to fluctuations in customer numbers.

Pret secured the locations as the result of a tendering process carried out late in 2009.

Work on the units is expected to begin in March, with the outlets due to open in May. There are also plans for 24-hour opening hours in the busy summer months.