The government has declared that the transport hub can now apply for a grant scheme to protect employments and services at Cornwall Newquay Airport.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, has announced that the airport will join a support scheme for airports and ground operators. This planned support scheme will be available starting from Friday, 29 January. It aims to cover losses and extra spendings caused by the pandemic. It will include supports for airfield activities, contracted services, and various business rate expenses.
To apply for the support scheme, airport operators and ground handlers can go to the official government’s website. Once the application is accepted, they should obtain the funding by the end of this fiscal year.
Following the government’s policy to extend the Job Retention Scheme, the grant scheme will be open until February 21.
A parliament member for Newquay, Steve Double, said that he is glad that Cornwall Newquay Airport will be allowed to apply for a grant that can help protect jobs during these tough times. The sum available would be equal to the expense of the facility’s business rates, estimated to be over £500,000.
Moreover, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented that this program is another great step, offering critical support for an industry that is getting ready to get back to work once it is secure to do so.
He also added that a healthy aviation industry has indeed been essential to this country’s growth. While we acknowledge the challenging conditions that airports are currently experiencing due to the pandemic’s outbreak, we can assume that after restrictions are lifted, the business will fully recover.
Following the news of a third national lockdown in England, Newquay Cornwall Airport has agreed to shut down temporarily. In mid-February, the airport expects to resume operations, which corresponds with the expected lifting of lockdowns restrictions.