Coronavirus: NI Domestic Aviation Kickstart Scheme

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Financial support scheme for airlines as they rebuild from COVID-19 and to maintain and enhance Northern Ireland's air connectivity with Great Britain

The Department for the Economy (DfE) has developed the NI Domestic Aviation Kickstart Scheme (NIDAKS) to support airlines as they rebuild from COVID-19. The scheme will also help kickstart NI’s economic recovery by maintaining and enhancing NI’s domestic air connectivity with Great Britain (GB).

Aims of the scheme

The key objectives of the scheme are to support inbound tourism and business travel (both from and to GB) and to encourage inward investment into the Northern Ireland economy.

The scheme has the following complementary aims:

  1. Support basic route frequency to be maintained throughout the scheme period.
  2. To incentivise enhancements of frequency above the basic route frequency.
  3. To support initiatives to develop new routes.

To be able to apply to the scheme a passenger airline operator must have a licence to operate UK domestic air routes.

The scheme is administered by Invest NI on behalf of DfE.

Further information

For more information and enquiries, email NIDAKS-enquiries@investni.com.

First published 24 June 2021