Adding to the record success last year, when 150,000 people flocked to Ayr for the Scottish International Airshow, the organisers announce yet another international first.
“Through our excellent contacts in the Edinburgh Swiss Consulate we have already announced the Swiss Airforce F18 fighter jet making a dramatic appearance at Ayr seafront on September 1st and 2nd” said co-director Doug Maclean. “Now we are adding the four glorious aeroplanes of the Swiss Classic Formation. This is a wonderful private collection of 1940s transport aircraft. The DC3 and three Beech 18 aircraft are possibly the most beautifully kept vintage aeroplanes in Europe. They are visiting Scotland for the first time and have chosen The Scottish International Airshow to fly their unique display.”
“We built Scotland’s biggest Airshow to an international attraction in just 4 years” said Danny Anderson, Airshow co-director. “We have started to see our hard work pay off and the whole of Scotland is benefiting from the huge excitement that the Airshow brings.” He continued - “We could not run the Airshow without our major sponsors like South Ayrshire Council, Spirit AeroSystems and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.”
“It is through EventScotland’s ongoing supporting through their Beacon Fund Programme that we’ve been able to bring the fabulous Swiss collection to Scotland,” said Doug.
The purpose of EventScotland’s Beacon Events Programme is to support uniquely Scottish events outside Glasgow and Edinburgh, which generate tourism benefits, contribute significantly to the Scotland the Perfect Stage impact areas and act as examples of best practice.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting of the Scottish International Airshow to continue to bring the best aircraft from around the world to the Ayr seafront. The addition of the Swiss collection further enhances the already impressive line-up aircraft attending this September.
“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and the thrills of the air displays, alongside the entertainment and exhibitions, including the STEM Pavilion, will ensure a great weekend out for all the family.”
Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, said: “With our record-breaking Council investment in the Scottish International Airshow for 2018 and 2020, it’s great to see the event continue to grow from strength to strength with this latest addition to the flying programme.
“I’ve no doubt the Swiss Classic Formation will be a further draw in bringing people from across the world to South Ayrshire and help showcase all that we have to offer our visitors as a major tourist destination.
“We look forward to welcoming the planes, the pilots, and the tens of thousands of people who will, I’m sure, have a weekend to remember. Start planning your visit now.”
The Scottish International Airshow takes place at Ayr seafront on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September. 18 flying displays will take place and The Red Arrows will be the finale on both days. There is a huge ground exhibition, funfair, simulator, classic vehicle exhibitions and Future Zone technology chalet. For more information www.tsia.scot