For many people with an interest in aviation, air shows are the highlights of the year. However, most of the world’s major airshows were cancelled in 2020/2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airshows are great events for a number of reasons. They are the perfect opportunity to display the technological advances in military and civilian aircraft, build up awareness of the brands on display and create a day out for spectators within the community.
They are often full-scale affairs, with aircraft display, entertainments and other rides. They are very much family affairs these days.
We’ve rounded up a list of some of the world’s favourite airshows for you to consider for your next trip.
Bournemouth Air Show – UK
Based in one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, Bournemouth there is so much to do and see when the air show’s in town. The Bournemouth Air Show Guide & Bournemouth Beach Webcams provide hours of fun for kids and adults alike as well as attracting industry specialists.
ILA Berlin – Germany
This amazing airshow happens every two years and attracts almost 200,000 visitors to the city of Berlin. In addition to the aircraft on display, there are also almost 1000 exhibitors at the event too. The show goes on over a number of days and has a lot of entertainment.
Royal International Air Tattoo – UK
Every year, this amazing display of military aviation is held at the Royal Air Force base located in Fairford. There were nearly 200,000 attendees at the last show in 2019, who flocked to see several hundred military aircraft up close. The exhibition attracts thousands of delegates from around the world.
SIAE – France
This event is one of the most famous in the world. It has been running since 1909 and sees over 300,000 visitors. Almost 150 aircraft are on display, and the event can lead to orders of around $150 billion. It is one of the largest and most successful pre-war airshows to be held today.
Marrakech Air Show – Morocco
Held every two years, this is the major aviation event held in Africa. Also known ad the AeroExpa, it has been running since 2008 and is attended by almost 100 companies from all over the world.
Farnborough International Airshow – UK
Running since 1948, the Farnborough International Airshow is held just outside of London. It features a range of civil and military aircraft and has over 80,000 visitors.
It’s important that airshows are brought back after the raft of cancellations due to the pandemic. The aviation industry, particularly that of civilian aircraft, has been damaged quite severely.
Airshows are far more than just an aerial display, but are a chance for the industry to come together and celebrate the latest achievements in aviation technology. Communities in which these events are held feel immensely proud. The local economy can receive a big boost when the airshow is in town through people buying in shops, eating in restaurants and booking hotels.