THERE will be no Eastbourne Airshow 2021.

Eastbourne Borough Council has just annouced the event will not be taking place in 2021.

It is worth millions of pounds to our economy, and this is a massive blow to Eastbourne.

The council says Airbourne is ‘hopefully rescheduled for 2022.’

It says the decision to cancel takes into account the continuing forms of social distancing measures.

Work will start on looking at how Airbourne can become a sustainable event for 2022 and will hopefully return from 18 – 21 August 2022.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “Airbourne draws thousands of spectators each year and with large ticketed events, such as Glastonbury, confirming postponements due to concerns over managing numbers of attendees, it would be impossible for us to safely manage numbers at a non-ticketed event as popular as Airbourne.

“The decision to postpone has not been taken lightly however we know that it is the responsible one to make.

“There will still be plenty to look forward to this summer with plans well underway for a range of smaller, ticketed events throughout August where numbers can be managed safely in line with social distancing restrictions with updates to be announced soon… watch this space!”

All work on Airbourne so far will be rolled over to 2022, including the supported charities and the People’s charity choice.

All those booking trade stands, hospitality and seating will be contacted in due course with options to transfer to 2022 or receive a refund.

Airbourne returns from 18 – 21 August 2022 and fans can sign up online at www.eastbourneairshow.com to become an Airshow Insider and be the first to hear exclusive event and flying announcements for 2022.

Photo credit Matt Kutcha