What are we looking to raise?
In 2012 we got over 38,000 people to back the safeguarding of Plymouth Airport. Now we're looking to raise £75,000 to go the next stage of the project.
Below we explain the journey of FlyPlymouth and what we've done so far, and intend to do, but to give you the figures right up front, through this crowdfund we intend to raise:
- £25,000 for operating costs for the next year to continue the momentum we began. Once we reach that target, then we want to go on to:
- £50,000, the extra money being used to secure experts and barristers for the Examination in Public that will happen in 2017 (explained below). Then, once we've raised that (!) we wish to go on and raise a total of:
- £75,000, the extra £25k towards the transaction costs of actually purchasing Plymouth Airport for the community!
It's simple: Because the people and businesses of Plymouth want their airport open again!!!
By backing our crowfund, you are helping us reopen Plymouth Airport
What we've done so far
It all begins in 2012 when our Viable campaign received 38,000 signatures in support of keeping Plymouth Airport safeguarded as an aviation space.
Then last year, together with our supporters, we raised £21,521 which launched FlyPlymouth with intentions of acquiring and reopening Plymouth Airport.
Part of last year's funds covered our core costs and communication services, but most of all, they paid for the professional services required to develop our business plans and submit these to local and national government. That work has been done.
Our plan forms part of the evidence supporting the "Plymouth Plan", the strategic planning framework for the development of the city to 2031, and things are now moving towards a culmination in early 2017.
Why is 2017 so important?
Plymouth City Council is finalising the Plymouth Plan that we've just mentioned, which states that Plymouth airport should not be allocated for housing development but reserved for aviation use between now and 2031. That Plan will undergo Examination in Public next year: 2017.
During the Examination in Public, a planning inspector will decide whether the policy to allocate the airport for aviation use is sound and FlyPlymouth’s plans will form part of the evidence on which this will be decided.
We are confident, as is Plymouth City Council, that the Plymouth Plan has been properly created and is formed of sound policy based on good evidence. Therefore, we expect a favourable outcome.
However, we won't be sitting on our laurels: FlyPlymouth intends to participate in the Examination in Public and ensure that the case for aviation is well structured and delivered by the very best experts and barristers. That will require funding which we are raising with this crowdfund.
The Examination in Public is the hinge that Plymouth Airport rests on. If approved, the land must be operated as an airport. Without approval, Plymouth could lose its airport once and for all.
Then what happens?
Once the Examination in Public is determined, we will be seeking to acquire Plymouth airport as an airport at a fair market valuation. The present funding work will contribute towards the transaction costs for purchasing the airport.
FlyPlymouth’s plans to acquire and operate the airport for General Aviation (GA) are fully self-funded and do not require national or local government subsidy. And this can be achieved without relying on the return of the Navy’s FOST helicopter operations – although they will be extremely welcome.
The GA phase of our plans will see the airport relicensed and turning a good profit. But it will also prepare Plymouth airport for the return of scheduled services in a secondary stage of the business.
A future base airline comprised of 32 seater aircraft will serve routes to key UK destinations supporting economic growth and employment in the city. And it will deliver this within the existing airport infrastructure and established passenger demand.
So that's the plan.
We have a way to go and right now it’s all about 2017. If you believe in what we are doing, please take the next step and stand with us by making a financial donation today and making sure we achieve our funding goals.
Help us to get the job done. Let’s get Plymouth flying!