Luton Airport Could Apply for Grant of £8 million to Protect Local Jobs

  • London Luton Airport to receive grant of up to £8 million to protect local jobs and bounce back after coronavirus
The Government’s multimillion-pound support scheme for airports has now opened – with London Luton Airport set to receive up to £8 million this year.

The scheme reflects the aviation sector’s valuable contribution to the UK economy, and will help to ease pressure on airports hit by the pandemic. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that London Luton Airport is now able to apply for a Government grant worth up to £8 million, helping to protect jobs and the local economy in South West Bedfordshire. 

The Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme, which opened on Friday 29 January, will help London Luton Airport, 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 London Luton 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, Andrew Selous MP said, “I am thrilled that London Luton Airport will receive up to £8 million to help it protect jobs during these challenging times. This funding offers vital support for London Luton Airport – which supports so many jobs and businesses in our community. This 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 South West Bedfordshire to build back better after coronavirus.”

A spokesperson for the airport said, “While we are pleased with the announcement that the Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme is now open for applications, we would like to clarify that as the application period only opened at 1pm today (29/01/21), London Luton Airport is still exploring whether it will be eligible for funding and this is by no means guaranteed.”