Team Lopez – Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that airports are now able to apply for a Government grant worth up to £8 million, helping to protect jobs and the local economies supported by airports.
The Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme, which opened on Friday 29 January, will help commercial airports across England to cover losses on costs caused by the covid-19 pandemic, including airfield operations, contracted services such as airfield and runway maintenance, and business rate bills.
Airports and ground handlers can apply to the scheme on GOV.UK, and if successful, should receive their funding by the end of the financial year.
The financial support scheme, which follows the Government’s extension of the Job Retention Scheme, is open for applications until 21 February 2021.
This investment will help support airports following the introduction of international travel restrictions designed to protect public health and prevent the spread of covid-19 as the Government continues to roll out its world leading vaccination programme.