The Department for Transport undertook an initial application stage bidding process for scheme promoters to apply for start-up aid. This bidding process ended on the 25 February 2015.
The Department for Transport has identified 15 routes that it believes meet the EC guidelines with regards to start-up aid and can now move forward to the second stage of bidding. These are listed in the shortlist document on this page.
The department is now inviting representations to be made from interested parties:
- if they are planning to operate the route commercially
- if they believe the route is already served within around a 100km radius, to provide information on why they believe funding for this new route would distort the market place
These documents provide guidance and second round application forms for airports and airlines which were successful in the initial round of bidding to proceed with the second round of bidding.
Information on the initial application stage for airports with fewer than 5 million passengers per year: start-up aid