AirshowsNI reached out to the Newry Mourne and Down Cllrs and recieved this reply from Cllr, and MLA candadate for South Down for the Alliance Party, Patrick Brown.
“I have been to the festival of flight several times and it is a fantatsic, family friendly day out and a real asset to the Newcastle area. I was very disappointed to see it wouldn’t be going ahead this year.
I don’t sit on the committees responsible for this but I am very concerned that this seems to have come out of nowhere with little consultation of councillors.
I see that the DUP in council have posted publicly about this and I would tend to agree with their position, and will ask similar questions if and when it’s brought to council. It may be too late for this year but I would be very supportive of ensuring we put in place plans to bring the festival back next year.”