Govt launches £2m fund to support local airfields

The government has announced a £2m fund to support local airfields. The money will be available to supply commercial expertise and help General Aviation businesses grow.

The Airfield Development Fund was announced today by Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard. It’s aim is to increase support for airfield owners, operators, local councils and associated businesses, helping them upskill, thrive and grow.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for advice from the £2m fund from Spring by demonstrating how it could help them protect or expand their business. This includes applying for help on proposed developments, protecting airfields, or expanding training facilities and commercial opportunities.

Paul Maynard said, “The UK government recognises the enormous contribution smaller airfields make to the UK economy, and to the people they serve, where many aviation careers take first flight.

“We’re committed to protecting our airfields and easing the challenges that many businesses face.  This support will help airfields prosper, creating and securing more jobs, while inspiring the next generation of aviation and engineering enthusiasts.”

Department for Transport Aviation

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