North East Airshow cancelled after Shoreham disaster

Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Durham Tees Valley Airport.

A North East air show has been postponed for nine months after the recent Shoreham tragedy.

Despite previously saying this Saturday’s Skylive Airshow at Durham Tees Valley Airport would go ahead, organisers have announced tonight it’s been postponed.

They say in the light of the recent tragic events at the Shoreham Air Show and the decision by the Civil Aviation Authority to impose restrictions on the operation of air shows, the decision has been taken to postpone the event.

Skylive said today that they understood that many people would be disappointed by the postponement but stressed that both they and airport believed it was the correct decision to take in the current situation.

The event has now been rescheduled for Saturday, May 28.

Tickets issued for this weekend will remain valid for next May and details will be announced shortly of the arrangements for those people who wish to seek refunds.

Chris Petty of Skylive said: “Obviously this is not a decision we have taken lightly because we appreciate that thousands of people were looking forward to having a great day out this Saturday.

“We had put together an excellent programme of events but clearly the tragedy at Shoreham has forced us to consider very carefully whether it would be right to go ahead.

“Together with the airport we have come to the conclusion that in the aftermath of Shoreham, especially the restrictions announced by the CAA which would have seriously limited the flying displays of the jet aircraft scheduled to take part—including the Avro Vulcan and the aircraft from the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight—it would have significantly reduced the quality of the central element of the event.

“That is why we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the show until next May when hopefully we will know the outcome of the review of civil air display safety which the CAA has now begun.

“We remain committed to delivering a high-quality event and that is what we will be working on once we have resolved the matters which have to be addressed in the light of this weekend’s postponement.”

Shaun Woods, Durham Tees Valley Airport Manager, said: “Everyone who has put so much time and effort into preparing for the Air Show feels deeply disappointed that, as a result of circumstances which no-one wished had happened and nobody could have foreseen, we have had to take this difficult decision.

“However, together with Skylive, we feel it is the right decision. Safety always has to be our primary concern and we feel the best course of action is to await the outcome of the CAA review and any further measures that may be considered necessary.”