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Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, The NI International Air Show is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland calendar and it had been planned to go ahead on Saturday 10th and Sunday the 11th of September, 2022.
But in a statement, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Ivor Wallace said: “As a mark of respect, the NI International Air Show, due to take place on Saturday and Sunday (September 10th and 11th) has been cancelled and flags at our civic buildings will be lowered to half-mast.
“On behalf of the Borough, I offer my thanks for the past 70 years, along with my most sincere sympathies. God save the King.”
He also expressed his profound sadness following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
“It is with deep regret that I, like many others, learned of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September 2022,” he said.
“Her death will be most keenly felt by her family, but it leaves an undeniable void across our entire society. Her historic reign provided a steadfast presence and as our Queen, she will be remembered with the utmost reverence and fondness.
“On her 21st birthday in 1947, in a speech broadcast via radio from Cape Town, she set out her dedication when she said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.’
“Looking back on the past seven decades, her sense of public duty has never wavered, and she did indeed devote her life to serving us all, becoming a much-needed constant in a world of enormous social change.
“Having ruled for longer than any other monarch in British history, her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service remained resolute and she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth from her coronation in 1952 to the present day.
“Her deep sense of faith has been an inspiration, and she shared this publicly with us on many occasions. This commitment to her faith underpinned her commitment to public service, and it has been our great privilege to bear witness to this.
“Many people in our Borough will have their own memories of the five Royal visits which have taken place since the coronation in 1953, 1977, 2007, 2014 and 2016. These have even more significance now, and I am very proud that Causeway Coast and Glens featured throughout the course of her reign.
Books of Condolence will be opened from 12 noon today (Friday 9th September 2022) in Ballymoney Town Hall, Cloonavin, Coleraine Town Hall, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady and Sheskburn House (Ballycastle). They will provide an important opportunity for all of us to convey a personal tribute at this difficult and unsettling time.”
Where is the Air Show being held?
The Air Show 2022 is being held on the coastal lands between Portrush and Portstewart.
According to the NI Airshow NI this year the ground layout is geographically more extensive than the previous Airwaves events in Portrush.
It will offer multiple viewing points along the three mile stretch of the Borough’s coastline.
This enhanced layout presents an opportunity for a larger ground footprint closer to the aircraft flight-line.
What will spectators see?
The programme of events will include a big impact Aircraft, Civilian Aircraft, RAF and Naval assets.
There will also be static displays from the armed forces and Ulster Aviation Society.
And an enhanced STEM component to motivate our young people, developing unique partnerships with NI Science Festival, Ulster Museum Outreach and Aviation Space Tourism.
There will also be an input from the Irish Airforce celebrating 100 years; living history exhibitions; local artisans.
Family fun zones; amusements.
Live music performances, street entertainment and circus skills workshops.
And for those culturally curious who love to sample local produce and crafts the popular Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market will also be featuring in the 2022 line-up.
When will we see the flight displays?
According to the NI Airshow 2022 site:
Saturday 10th September
Red Arrows
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster/Hurricane/Spitfire)
RAF Typhoon
RAF Tutor
Fury – Ultimate Warbirds
Me 109 – Ultimate Warbirds
OV-10 Bronco
Team Raven
Calidus Autogyro
The Wild Geese Parachute Display Team
Sunday 11th September
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster/Hurricane/Spitfire)
RAF Typhoon
RAF Tutor
Fury – Ultimate Warbirds
Me 109 – Ultimate Warbirds
OV-10 Bronco
Team Raven
Calidus Autogyro
The Wild Geese Parachute Display Team
Silver Swallows (Irish Air Corps)
RNLI & Sikorsky S-92 joint exercise
What are the traffic arrangements?
According to the site all parking is free for the Airshow.
There are 3 park and ride locations:
Rugby Ave, ColeraineUniversity of Ulster, ColeraineThe Warren, Portstewart
If you are travelling from Belfast direction, use the Park & Ride at Rugby Ave.
If you are travelling from L/Derry direction, use the Park & Ride at University of Ulster.
The Warren in Portstewart is the third Park & Ride option.
All buses are fully accessible, and the Park & Ride car parks have disabled parking. Once parked you can then take the bus to Portrush and get dropped off on the Coast Road at the shuttle bus drop off/pick up points at Carrick Dhu (3 on map), Juniper Hill (2) and The Pitts (1).
Parking in Portrush
West Bay (also has 50 disabled parking bays) (free parking)
Landsdowne (free parking)
East Strand (normal car parking charges apply)
The Bowl (Causeway St) (free parking)
Dunluce Car Park (normal car parking charges apply)
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