Last night Causeway coast and Glens council voted on a number of cost cutting measures due to a crippling £68 million debt and and with great sadness to many, Airwaves Portrush 2020 was among the casualties with the full funding of £240,000 withdrawn.
Causeway Coast and Glens Alliance Councillor Chris McCaw said council estimates suggest that the event brings in around £2.5m in revenue to the Portrush area every year, but that councillors had been left with no choice but to make the difficult decision.
The annual airshow was one of the biggest events in Northern Ireland attracting 150,000 people each year. Councillor McCaw said they are hopeful the event can return in the future.
“I’d love to see that, this is only happening due to the financial situation we’ve found ourselves in. The event was worth £2.5m to the Portrush area,” Councillor McCaw said.
Over the years Airwaves Portrush has brought many amazing displays to the North Coast including the ‘Once in a Lanc time’ tour of 2 Avro Lancaster bombers, the Avro Vulcan XH558, an F16 display and an Airbus A380 as well as the massive contributions from the RAF over the years including the Red Arrows, Typhoons, Tornados, Harriers & Belfast built Shorts Tucanos.
AirshowsNI hope the airshow can return in the near future.