Blackpool Airport wins consultancy grant

The Airfield Advisory Fund will grant the airport access to five days of professional guidance

Blackpool Airport will receive expert help from the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Airfield Development Advisory Fund (ADAF), after Blackpool Council successfully applied for support to improve the facility.

The fund delivers UK airfields and businesses advice to enhance development. Successful applicants are able to access advice on planning and conservation policy, accountancy, business model development and innovation.

Blackpool Airport
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The Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority manage the advisory fund, whilst its resources are administered by ICF – a global consulting and digital services provider.

UK based experts that have been pre-selected by both managing agencies and will provide the airport with five days of professional advice and guidance.

Gillian Campbell, chair of the airport board said: “The masterplan for the airport has identified a range of viable potential business streams for the airport over the next few years and we are currently exploring various avenues of activity that would secure a long term, sustainable future for Blackpool Airport. Additional expert advice to assist us with our strategic business planning will be hugely beneficial in helping us to realise both our limitations, and our ambitions for the airport.”

Blackpool Council applied for consultancy advice to aid the airport with marketing strategies that would help to secure new business, assess and identify feasible routes, potential operators and partner airfields.

Further support was also sought after, including virtual airport control tower operations and technology, alternative power generation, electric aircraft operations and airspace modernisation strategy.

Advice will be administered before March of this year and will help form a business plan for the airport to follow over the next 12 months.