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Edmonton Air Show Cancelled Due to Lack of Aircraft and Funding

Edmonton Air Show Cancelled Due to Lack of Aircraft and Funding
Edmonton Air Show Cancelled Due to Lack of Aircraft and Funding

The Alberta International Airshow, which draws tens of thousands of people to Villeneuve Airport northwest of Edmonton, has been cancelled due to a lack of funding and resources. The airshow was scheduled for Aug. 17-18.

In a message on their website Tuesday, organizers announced: “This beloved nonprofit event, which relies heavily on the support of its partners, has faced unforeseen challenges this year, both in funding and in obtaining the resources that would make the show successful.”

Air show personnel indicated that resources normally provided by the Canadian Armed Forces were not available due to the many shows celebrating the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 100th anniversary.

“Originally The RAF Red Arrow and Snowbirds were planning to perform; however, due to scheduling and a mandate to base shows, both teams were reassigned to other locations. Without these resources, support from our partners dwindled. As a team, we explored all available avenues to secure alternative resources and funding. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure these in time,” the organisers said.

The airshow has been held intermittently at Villeneuve Airport since 2015 and is often referred to as the Edmonton Airshow or the Edmonton International Airshow. In addition to the Alberta International Airshow, the Villeaero Aerospace and Logistics Conference will also return in 2025.