24 JANUARY 2022
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The Government has finally come up with some direct financial support for airports and ground operations in these troubled times.
Only published last week the application must be received by Tuesday 25 January. “Far too short notice, and very complex,” said one airport director who preferred not to be named.
The rules for eligibility include one saying the airport must have operated at least 12 scheduled commercial passenger flights in 2019. The applicant needs to demonstrate a forecasted Covid-19 loss for the six months to 31 March 2022.
The restrictions for the fundings are limited to airfield operations such as security, air traffic control and fire services. Also included are the essential provision of airport facilities, services and utilities, including airfield and runway maintenance.
Rates already paid or billed for the 2021 to 2022 financial year can be notified where the applicant will make a declaration that these funds will be used to fully offset those business rates liabilities.
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