Air Mobility & Airports

Our focus is on aviation climate action, integration of Future Aviation, passenger experience, and digitally connecting the aviation ecosystem, in order to position the UK at the forefront of future air transport and aviation sustainability.

Our achievements
Grants in 2021 / 22
for zero emission flight infrastructure innovation
collaboration partners
in 2021 / 22
human CO2 emissions
come from the global aviation industry

Projects, Opportunities & Case Studies

Transport Research and Innovation Grants 2023
Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG) provide early-stage funding for innovations in science, engineering, or technology delivered by The Department for Transport's (DfT) project delivery partner, Connected Places Catapult.
Future Aviation Security Solutions Industrial PHD Partnerships (FASS IPP)
In this programme academia and industry have been brought together to develop innovative ideas capable of transforming the future of aviation security. As well as to promote seamless travel to better the passenger experience.
Preparing UK airports for zero emission aircraft
The UK Government is investing in the infrastructure upgrades required at UK airports to move to battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft. As part of this we are delivering the Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure (ZEFI) programme in collaboration with the Department for Transport.
Freight Innovation Fund
The Freight Innovation Fund is a multi-faceted programme funded by the Department for Transport, focussed on accelerating the adoption of commercially ready solutions to address challenges in the UK’s freight sector.
Future Flight InDepth
How can drones be used beyond visual line of sight to unlock new ways to monitor and control critical national infrastructure such as highways and ports? The InDePTH project aims to find out.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authentication System (UASAS) project
This project aims to strengthen the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations across use cases, including for medical emergencies and supply delivery. By ensuring the security and integrity of UAS communications that is crucial to their safe flight, as well as the safety of other airspace users.
ATOMICUS drone project takes off
The safe and efficient use of cargo drones in UK airspace to transport items such as medical supplies or aircraft spare parts is a huge opportunity. But the use of commercial drones at airports alongside traditional passenger aircraft is not without its risks.
Getting ready for the Airspace of the Future
Much is being done across the UK to integrate drone services within the wider transport ecosystem to ensure safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability.