Guidance

Applying for COVID-19 airport and ground operations funding

Information on applying for COVID-19 funding support for commercial airports and ground handlers in England.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS) funding, your company must:

1. be either a:

  • commercial airport situated within England with a valid commercial licence from no later than 24 November 2020 that operated at least 12 scheduled commercial passenger flights in 2019
  • ground handling company providing any of the handling service listed in EI Directive 96/67/EC in accordance with serving a commercial airport in England

2. have been in receipt of business rates liabilities for the 2020 to 2021 financial year

3. demonstrate the business’s coronavirus (COVID-19) losses for the 2020 to 2021 financial year

Funding use requirements

The restrictions on the use of these funds is limited to:

  • airfield operations of policing or security, air traffic control, fire services costs, as well as costs incurred by law and essential to the operation of an airport
  • contracted services including payments to companies, other than airlines, for the legally required and essential provision of airport facilities, services and utilities, including airfield and runway maintenance, plus services contracted for fulfilment of legally mandated projects, such as security upgrades
  • ground handler costs including maintenance of equipment essential to the provision of ground handler activities
  • insurance premiums required for the legal operation of an airport
  • business rates already paid or billed for the 2020 to 2021 financial year where the applicant will make a declaration that these funds will be used to fully offset those business rates liabilities

How to apply

Further information on scheme eligibility and the application process can be accessed through our online portal.

You must register and make your application to AGOSS through our online portal; we will not accept applications via email. The closing date for applications is 21 February 2021.

Register to apply for AGOSS

Background to the scheme

The AGOSS has been set up to support commercial airports and ground handlers in England in recognition of their fixed costs and the impacts of COVID-19 on their revenue.  

Published 29 January 2021