Securing low-cost flights was a key part of the airport’s ten-year turnaround plan. This expansion starts just after the PM set out his roadmap out of lockdown.
The government said the funding is to cover losses on fixed costs such as maintenance and business rates. Airports have until February to apply for support.
The rail route closed more than 50 years ago. The money will fund preparatory works, including land acquisition, detailed design work and early site works.