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Jubilee celebrations take to the skies

Local News 20 May, 2022 Follow News

Jubilee celebrations take to the skies

As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the much-loved Cayman Islands Air Show is set to once again grace Cayman skies, taking place on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June. It has been more than 20 years since the air show last took place in Cayman. This year’s event will feature world-class pilots and aerospace specialists performing aerobatic demonstrations above Public Beach in the morning of Friday 3 June, while the public can meet the pilots and view the planes that afternoon at Owen Roberts International Airport at the aircraft exhibit.

Cayman Brac residents will be able to take part in the all the fun on Saturday, 4 June, as they will be entertained with a parachute display and aircraft exhibit at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport. All events are free and open to the public.

The organisation of the Cayman Islands Air Show is a collaborative effort between the Civil Aviation Authority and Department of Tourism with support from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Steering Committee.

Richard Smith, Director-General of Civil Aviation, said it was exciting to have the air show return.

“Historically, it was a beloved and well-attended event by the community and we’re hoping the show this year has a similar reception,” he said. “The scheduled acts for the air show have a wealth of experience and will captivate the audience with their performances. The aircraft exhibit at Owen Roberts International Airport will provide an opportunity for the public to get up close and personal to the aircrafts and meet with some of the aviators. This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts as well as students who might be interested in aviation.”

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors at both events. The Department of Tourism is actively seeking vendors and invites interested business to apply using the online application form to provide services for the Air Show. Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Tourism and successful applicants will be contacted directly.

Members of the public should note that parking access at Public Beach and Owen Roberts International Airport will be restricted. The public will be asked to park offsite and take a free shuttle to the event locations.

Samuel Rose, Chair of the Steering Committee and Cabinet Secretary, said the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Steering Committee had worked with local and overseas stakeholders to bring back an event that is near and dear to the hearts of the people of the Cayman Islands.

Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism, moving forward, they envisaged the air show as one of the key events to signal the start of Cayman’s summer season and inspire travel to the destination.

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