Airfield Development Fund
Department For Transport UK Civil Aviation Authority

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Creating Opportunities to Future-Proof the Aviation Industry

The Airfield Development Advisory Fund

The ADAF is designed to support the future growth and development of the aviation sector by making available advice to UK airfields and associated businesses. The advice available includes but is not limited to planning and conservation policy, accountancy, business model development, marketing strategy and innovation.

The fund is open to airfield owners, operators and airfield-associated businesses across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Who is eligible?

To qualify for support, applications must benefit a UK airfield that:

  • Is licensed or unlicensed
  • Handled fewer than 200,000 passengers on average during the last two financial years (Apr 2018 to Mar 2019, Apr 2019 to Mar 2020),and the annual passenger traffic for this financial year (Apr 2020 to Mar 2021) is not expected to exceed 200,000 passengers

Full eligibility criteria are explained in our Applicant Guide.

Getting started

To apply, you’ll need to check your eligibility against the criteria in our Applicant Guide. Then fill out an application form online or via our downloadable form.

As part of your application, we’ll need some insight into how your business supports the aviation sector, and how it will help future growth.

You can also download the FAQ here.

Apply now

Unfortunately the application window to the Airfield Development Advisory Fund (ADAF) closed at 17:00 on 3rd December. However, should you wish to find out more about the ADAF then please email us at or call us on (0) 121 233 6990.

Application Process

Key documents

We’ve compiled some resources to help you check your eligibility and get started on your application.

Take a look via the links below:

Applicant Guide


CAA Website

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)121 233 6990


Next steps

The application window to the Airfield Development Advisory Fund has now closed. We will be in touch with all applicants regarding the outcome of their applications in December 2020