Air Tattoo cancelled for 2nd year in a row

A B2 and F15 flypast at the Royal International Air Tattoo (UK Aviation Media)
A B2 and F15 flypast at the Royal International Air Tattoo (UK Aviation Media)

The Royal international air tattoo at RAF Fairford has been cancelled for the second year running due to the restrictions in place because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Europe’s largest military air show normally takes place in July but has now joined the growing list of cancelled air shows.

In a statement the organisers said: “It is with great regret that the Directors of RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises have taken the difficult decision to cancel this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo, which was due to take place at RAF Fairford, in Gloucestershire on July 16-18.
For the past six months, the team has been working tirelessly to devise a planning framework that would resolve the many complexities involved in staging such a large event, including how to deliver the vital international component of some 30 nations. However, the Board concluded that owing to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 during the crucial build up to, and delivery of, the world’s greatest airshow, there were simply too many risks associated with pressing ahead.

“Whilst we understand that this decision will be met with disappointment by our many supporters, we know they recognise the responsibility we have, to all our stakeholders, to stage a safe and successful event.

“We hope that taking the decision now will provide clarity to all those involved in the airshow, including our incredible army of volunteers, our loyal ticketholders, our valued suppliers, corporate guests and sponsors as well as the many military air arms from around the world who were hoping to join us in July to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

“We look forward and are determined to provide opportunities for this important milestone in the Air Tattoo’s history to be celebrated in 2021 including building on the incredible success of last summer’s Virtual Air Tattoo, details of which to follow.”

People who have booked tickets, or had tickets rolled over from the cancelled 2020 show will be contacted by the organisers to rollover again or obtain a refund.