Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that Birmingham Airport is now able to apply for a Government grant worth up to £8 million, helping to protect jobs and the local economy in Solihull.
The Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme, will help Birmingham Airport, which is located in Solihull, and other 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 Birmingham Airport 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.
Commenting, Julian Knight MP said:
“I am thrilled that Birmingham Airport will receive up to £8 million to help it protect jobs during these challenging times.
“This funding offers vital support for Birmingham Airport – which supports so many jobs and businesses in our community.
“This Conservative Government has provided unprecedented levels of support to protect jobs and businesses through the pandemic, and this latest support will be hugely important for helping Solihull to build back better after coronavirus.”