For the first time in more than a decade, an airshow will take flight in London this fall.
At the annual State of the City Address Tuesday morning, Mayor Matt Brown confirmed that after 12 years, Airshow London will bring aviation acts back to London.
The new venture will bring 100 pilots, 50 planes, and several high-profile aviation acts including the Snowbirds and CF18 Demonstration Team to the London International Airport on September 17th and 18th.
Speaking to reporters at the State of the City Address, London Chamber of Commerce CEO Gerry Macartney noted that the return of the airshow will provide a boost to the local economy.
“London’s always been a big fan of airshows. It was a sad day when we lost it but there was various reasons for that. The fact that there are enough people around now to support it and sponsor it I think speaks well to where our economy is.”
Mayor Brown expects the show to attract upwards of 25,000 people to the London International Airport.
“It’s going to have a significant impact. Anytime we can bring 25,000 or more people to a show that’s really a regional draw – it’s a positive thing for our community.”
There’s no word yet on the price of tickets, but Airshow London Board of Directors member Jim Graham says the show will be non-profit.
“Previous shows weren’t always non-profit and this was something that we felt was very important. We were working on the business plan to make sure that we have confidence that not only a single event would be a success but that we’d be building a legacy.”
More information, including ticket prices, is expected to be added to the show’s website in the coming months.
With files from Natalie Lovie.