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Our programme is designed to highlight excellence within the sector by looking at a range of corporate activities including deals, business projects and company initiatives, both internal and in the community.

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What is Financing?

Financing recognises companies and institutions that have raised significant capital during the research period whether it be through corporate finance, the capital markets or fund raising.

This includes any significant raising of finance by a company within the sector, this can include corporate lending, funding rounds and equity and debt capital markets issues including share offers and bond issues. We will be specifically looking at high value deals; novel structures; and companies using (for them) new forms of financing such as high-yield bonds.


During the research period financial activity in the airport tech business has revolved around several themes.

Firstly, airport authorities have been raising funds for the development and redevelopment of facilities. The most common instruments for this have been bonds and loans. The relative increase in bond financing is notable and perhaps a sign lending in the sector may be in short supply. Additionally, the pandemic has only increased the traditionally significant role of public funding in the sector.

In terms of technical updates the industry has firmly been ‘grounded’ with significant investment being put into improving ground operations.

Finally, in regards to venture financing there has been a notable focus from investors on alternative aircraft propulsion systems.


This category consists of companies that have secured funding for their various developmental projects.