Cut-price tickets for next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford have gone on sale.
Special day-specific Earlybird tickets priced at £30.95 will be available until March 31, 2009 after which the price will rise to £34.95. Non day-specific tickets, valid for either Saturday, July 18 or Sunday July 19, can be purchased now for £39.95.
Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said that despite last summer’s airshow cancellation and the current economic downturn, organisers are keen to ensure ticket prices remain competitive and that all accompanied under-16s continue to enjoy free entry.
He said: “During the past five months we have been looking at a range of initiatives that we are confident will make the Air Tattoo more robust in the face of the sort of extreme weather conditions we experienced in July. Among the actions we are taking are providing limited parking on areas of concrete on Base, creating tracked spine roads in the fields and greatly improving the car park entrances.”
In order to control the number of visitors who attend the airshow each year, the organisers have also decided to make the event an advance-ticket-only event. No tickets will be sold at the gates on the day. Mr Arquati said: “Selling advance tickets only will mean that, for the first time, we will know how many people to expect over the weekend. This is crucial to our planning and will enable us to respond to events – such as any prospect of adverse weather conditions – by capping numbers.
“For the first time ever, Air Tattoo tickets could sell out. This real possibility and the opportunity to buy cut-price tickets, means that purchasing early is more important than ever. Additionally, people who buy before March 31 will also have their booking fee waived, representing an additional saving of £3 per order. If you want to be sure of seeing the Air Tattoo next summer and save money, my advice is to buy now.”
The Royal International Air Tattoo 2009 will take place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on July 18 & 19. The event is held in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust