Remember the Airfield Development Advisory Fund announced by the Department for Transport late last year? One of the successful bidders was Blackpool Airport which will now receive expert help and support for its future development.
The advisory fund is managed by the DfT and the CAA, and administered by ICF, a global consulting and digital services provider. Blackpool will receive up to five days professional guidance and advisory services across a range of disciplines.
Blackpool Council applied for consultancy advice to assist with commercial marketing activity to help secure new business, assessing and identifying viable routes, potential operators and partner airfields.
The council also seeks support with virtual aircraft control and tower operations and technology, airspace modernisation strategy, alternative power generation and electric aircraft operations.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Chair of the Airport Board (BAOL) said, “The masterplan for the airport has identified a range of viable potential business streams for the airport over the next few years and we are currently exploring various avenues of activity that would secure a long term, sustainable future for Blackpool Airport.
“Additional expert advice to assist us with our strategic business planning will be hugely beneficial in helping us to realise both our limitations, and our ambitions for the airport.”
Advice will be given to the airport before March 2021 and will help to shape the airport’s business plan over the next 12 months.
Blackpool Airport has its own Enterprise Zone, a 144 hectare site that includes Blackpool Airport, Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool Business Park and surrounding land.
The purpose of the Enterprise Zone status is to:
- Create jobs and long term sustainable growth
- Unlock development sites
- Build new roads, utilities and supporting housing and schools
- Attract new business to the area
The Enterprise Zone offers local businesses financial help to get started such as 5 years business rates relief (up to £275,000) or enhanced capital allowances if a company decides to design and build their own building.