One of NSW’s biggest airshows, Wings over Illawarra, has been postponed until later this year following the Australian government’s decision to ban large events.
The program, which includes flying demonstrations of historic, military, modern and aerobatic aircraft, was due to take place at Shellharbour Airport on 2-3 May.
New dates will be announced in the coming days.
In a statement, organisers said, “In the interests of public health and the directive of the federal government, Wings Over Illawarra 2020 is being postponed.
“In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 the federal government has made the decision to ban non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people.
“At this stage, we have no idea on how long this ban will be in effect, and considering the risk to public health, along with the potential of travel bans being introduced, we feel it is in the best interests of the public and the future of the event to postpone the event until later in the year.
“We would like to emphasise that we are postponing the event and not cancelling it.
“We have been in discussions with all our stakeholders over the weekend in an attempt to lock in a suitable date as soon as possible, and as you can imagine there are a number of parties that need to be consulted before dates can be released.
“We anticipate being in a position to announce the new dates within a couple of days, so please bear with us while we finalise all the details. Updates will be sent to you as soon as we know.”
In 2017, more than 33,000 people attended Wings over Illawarra, and in 2018 the event expanded to include a carnival and freestyle motocross displays.