Peterborough Air Show celebrated the Airport’s 50th anniversary

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The Peterborough Air Show drew approximately 9,000 people to the successful two-day event in September that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the City’s airport.

Strong attendance and corporate sponsorship resulted in the event finishing with an estimated surplus of between $10,000 and $15,000.

“While the air show was an opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peterborough Airport that has become a significant employment hub for our region, the real benefit of the event was the tourism, the broader economic spinoff of the large event, and the public awareness it created,” Mayor Diane Therrien said.

“Thank you to everyone who attended and to all of the volunteers, organizers and corporate sponsors who helped to make it such a successful event.”

Almost 60% of patrons came from outside the City, including hundreds from the Durham area and many from the Greater Toronto Area and the Quinte region. Many local hotels had zero vacancies, an indication of the economic impact from the events taking place in Peterborough that weekend.

The Peterborough Air Show also achieved significant online profile for Peterborough with the promotion of the event generating over 2.5 million digital impressions across the target markets of Peterborough, Durham, Lindsay, Belleville and Trenton.

The Air Show featured dynamic performances by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds air demonstration squadron, the Canadian Armed Forces SkyHawks parachute demonstration team, and the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team, as well as outstanding aerial performances by Rick Volker, Todd Farrell, MKT Aerobatics and the Great War Flying Museum. Patrons also enjoyed static displays and a vendor village. Many Airport businesses and tenants hosted booths throughout the weekend.

Even before the event, the iconic Snowbirds and the powerful RCAF CF-18 jet attracted the attention of the community when they flew over the City in preparation for the Air Show. Mayor Diane Therrien jumped with the women and men of the SkyHawks parachute demonstration team during one of their practice jumps before the Air Show in a display of support for the people who serve the country in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The show received significant sponsorship support, including from presenting sponsor Ricart Promotions and Recognition; from feature sponsors The Loomex Group and Flying Colours Corp.; from attraction sponsors Drain Brothers, BWXT, Gibson’s Finest, Kadex Aero Supply, and Enbridge; and from event sponsors McCafe, WSP, Shorelines Casino Peterborough, Barry Electrical, Hydro One, Stewart Tours and Fleming College.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Nancy Hewitt
Airport Administrator
705-742-7777 ext. 2171

Trent Gervais
General Manager, Peterborough Airport
705-927-8631