An airshow will return in 2023 after being described as an “essential part” of the tourism industry.
Airbourne, Eastbourne’s international airshow, has now been officially given the green light to continue next year.
There had been some doubts about his future. In 2021 it was announced that it would only return for a year due to the financial uncertainty following the Covid pandemic.
But Eastbourne Borough Council said today it will come back next August.
This year marked the show’s 28th anniversary as it returned for the first time since the pandemic.
Thousands flocked to the city to watch displays of aircraft like the Red Arrows.
Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Councillor, Senior Member for Tourism and Culture, said: “We are delighted to bring back our biggest event of the year and will work hard to take even more action to reduce our carbon footprint.
“Thank you to everyone who donated, joined as ambassadors or helped fund the event – your kind support ensured we met our 2022 funding goal and gave Airbourne the opportunity to celebrate another year to fly.
This year’s event was so successful it generated a surplus of more than £10,000 which will be reinvested into the 2023 show.
Mark Cotman, from the Eastbourne Hospitality Association management team, said: “Airbourne has become a valuable economic engine for tourism and staying power in the UK, both locally and across the region, and we are proud to support the event this year to have.
“In addition to driving more nights spent in Eastbourne accommodation and spending at restaurants, attractions and shops, the event also plays an important role in raising Eastbourne’s profile as a destination and attracting first-time visitors to the city – a key part of our tourism industry’s sustainability for future generations.”
Steps will also be taken to continue the event’s goals of reducing its carbon footprint. Actions taken this year included prioritizing displays with carbon offset plans and using electric cars and generators powered by vegetable oil.
Airbourne returns August 17-20, 2023.
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