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International Air Show: Edmonton-area event cancelled

International Air Show: Edmonton-area event cancelled
International Air Show: Edmonton-area event cancelled

A major air show scheduled for next month near Edmonton has been cancelled.

The Alberta International Airshow was scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18, but organizers announced Tuesday that the show, which sometimes draws tens of thousands of people to Villeneuve Airport northwest of the city, will not go ahead due to unexpected financial and staffing problems.

“This beloved not-for-profit event, which relies heavily on the support of its partners, has faced unforeseen challenges this year, both in funding and in securing the resources that would make the show successful,” airshow staff said in a message on its website. It also noted that “resources” normally provided by the Canadian Armed Forces were unavailable due to “many shows” at bases celebrating the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 100th anniversary.

“Without these resources, support from our partners dwindled. As a team, we explored every avenue to secure alternative resources and funding. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure them in time.”

The airshow has been held intermittently at Villeneuve Airport since 2015, when the event – ​​sometimes referred to as the Edmonton Airshow or the Edmonton International Airshow – returned to the region’s skies for the first time since 2002.

Wet weather forced the cancellation of the 2019 event, the COVID-19 pandemic threw a spanner in the works for the 2020 show, and the 2022 version was cancelled due to a tragic Snowbirds crash in British Columbia that year.

According to staff, the air show and the Villeaero Aerospace and Logistics Conference will return in 2025.