£2 million fund proposed to support local airfields


A £2 million fund has been proposed to support local airfields (airfield owners, operators, local councils and associated businesses), providing commercial expertise and helping general aviation businesses grow.
  • The airfield development fund will provide commercial expertise support to local airfields.
  • The funding will support airfields, help general aviation businesses to grow, and support science and engineering training to workforces.
According to the government, airfields are an integral part of the £3 billion general aviation sector and are considered the grassroots of the entire aviation sector, however, many struggle with business development and financial sustainability.

The Airfield Development Fund will increase support for airfield owners, operators, local councils and associated businesses, helping them upskill, thrive and grow. It will provide support in the form of commercial expertise to local airfields.

The government recognises the significant contribution smaller airfields make to the wider UK economy. The launch of this fund demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting the general aviation industry — as part of a wider pledge to level up the country — and aims to make the UK a world leader in general aviation.

The programme will provide £2 million to support local airfields.

The funding aims to ensure airfield businesses receive access to advisors, offering help on a range of legal and business-related topics to support their future development — which could include advice on science and engineering training, developing electric aircraft and preserving heritage aircraft.

The fund will be open to airfield owners, operators, local councils and associated businesses in the UK. Airfields eligible to apply for advice through the fund must be licensed (EASA, national regulations, GA national) or unlicensed and handling less than 200,000 terminal passengers per year.

The funding will support airfields, help general aviation businesses to grow, and support science and engineering training to workforces. Applicants are encouraged demonstrate how the scheme 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.
  • The programme is due to launch in the spring of 2020.
Paul Maynard, Aviation Minister, 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."

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£2 million fund proposed to support local airfields
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