Tickets for the city’s first airshow in over 10 years will go on sale this Friday starting at 10 a.m., Airshow London organizers announced Monday.
Those wishing to attend the weekend event, which runs Sept. 17 and 18 at London International Airport, will be able to purchase tickets either online at airshowlondon.com or in person at the Budweiser Gardens box office or at its Western and Fanshawe campus outlets.
General admission adult tickets will start at $30, organizers said, adding free parking passes and shuttle bus service is included. Attendees will also be able to purchase preferred paid parking options.
Single day admittance, two day passes, front row seating, and VIP packages are some the options that will be available for purchase, organizers said.
About 100 pilots, 50 planes, and several high-profile aviation acts, including the Snowbirds, the SkyHawks, the CF-18 Demonstration Team, and the Virginia-based F-22 Raptor Demonstration and Heritage Flight Team, will take part in the two-day event. Additional teams and aircraft will be announced in the lead up to the event, organizers said.
Airshow London was officially confirmed in January by Mayor Matt Brown at the annual State of the City Address. It’s the first airshow to take flight in London in around 12 years. Crowds of around 25,000 people or more are expected to come out over the weekend.
According to the Airshow London website, students at Fanshawe College’s School of Aviation Technology and School of Public Safety will be involved in the “development and execution of the airshow throughout the year, and many of their contributions will be eligible for co-curricular credits.”
The website goes on to say that profits from the not-for-profit venture will be used to support Children’s Hospital and Veterans, and bursaries for students in the College’s Aviation Technology programs.
“Previous shows weren’t always non-profit and this was something that we felt was very important,” said Jim Graham, Chair of the Airshow London Board of Directors, in January when the event was announced. “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.”