1 February 2021
HEATHROW AIRPORT TO RECEIVE GRANT OF UP TO £8 MILLION TO PROTECT LOCAL JOBS IN CHESHAM AND AMERSHAM AND BOUNCE BACK AFTER CORONA VIRUS
The Conservative Government’s multimillion-pound support scheme for airports has now opened – with Heathrow 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 Heathrow Airport is now able to apply for a Government grant worth up to £8 million, helping to protect jobs and the local economy in Chesham & Amersham.
Last month, Dame Cheryl asked the Government to allow Heathrow Airport and others parity of treatment, as some other airports have been allowed business rates relief.
The Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme, which opened on Friday 29 January, will help Heathrow, 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 Heathrow 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, the Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP said: “I am thrilled that Heathrow will receive up to £8 million to help it protect jobs during these challenging times.
“This funding offers vital support for Heathrow – 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 the Chesham & Amersham constituency, where so many people work at Heathrow, to build back better after coronavirus.”
Commenting, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “A thriving aviation industry has been central to the success of this country and while we recognise the testing conditions airports are currently facing as a result of the pandemic, I believe that the sector will be ready to bounce back once restrictions are lifted.
“Today’s scheme is another step in the right direction, providing vital support for an industry that is raring to get back to business, once it is safe to do so.”