The 2024 show will be on 6th and 7th September, with entertainment on both airshow days plus the following Sunday 8th, which will feature a 'Fun Day' in the High Street.
The table shows displays in 2023, just to give an idea of the kind of show to expect. The 2024 displays will be listed instead when they are announced.
Before 2023, the previous airshow in Ayr was in 2018. Ayr did not host an airshow in 2019 but it was hoped that an alternative venue, possibly Kirkcaldy, would hold it in that year. However, it was not possible to agree the arrangements.
The show, then the 'Scottish International Airshow' was therefore not held at all in 2019 but the TSIA said that the show, due back in Ayr for 2020, would be 'bigger and better' than before, with a three-day Friday-to-Sunday format. The news was detailed on their Facebook Page. However, a disagreement about funding caused the show to be cancelled.
No details of any 2021 proposals were released. News about the airshow in 2022 broke in January. In essence, the decision was that there would be no show in 2022 either.
Towards the end of 2022, however, the South Ayrshire Council decided to invest £300,000 per annum over five years to fund a new airshow in Ayr. That funding was formally approved by the Council on 1st March 2023.
Previously, the Council had paid a grant to others to run the airshow but the Council have now decided to take responsibility for the non-aviation side themselves and have arranged for a partner, SKYLAB, to look after the flying elements. In this way, the Council hopes to receive income, to recover its investment, and even to make a profit. The Council's show, which is not linked to the former Scottish International Air Show, was renamed 'The International Ayr Show - Festival of Flight'.
The show had long been earmarked for September but the exact date was not released until December 2022. In a press release, the air element of the show was announced as 9th September 2023, with other events on the Friday and Sunday. The programme subsequently released added evening flying from about 7pm until about 9.15 pm on Friday 8th September and 1.15pm until about 6 pm on Saturday.
|Displays in 2023
|This table lists the 2023 displays to give an idea of the kind of show. It will be replaced with the 2024 displays when they are known
|Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (RAF)
|Strikemaster pair, G-SOAF and G-RSAF
|Two Supermarine Spitfires (BBMF)
|The Starlings Aerobatic Team (Extra 330 and CAP 232)
|Calidus Autogyro G-DISP, Peter Davies
|North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
|Vickers Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX PS853 G-RRGN: Rolls Royce Heritage Flight
|North American P-51D Mustang: Rolls Royce Heritage Flight
|Red Devils Parachute Display Team
|Gravity Industries (Jet Suits)
In case there are mistakes or changes, please check the
show's site for the latest list.
An earlier airshow in Ayrshire closed in the early 1990's but, following the closure of the show at Leuchars in 2013, flying returned to the area in 2014 as ‘The Scottish Airshow’.
The first dusk flying was in 2016, followed by a full day's flying on the Saturday. In 2017 the show lost its flying after dark but stretched to a two-day Saturday and Sunday show. The 2019 show lost its Ayr funding and another venue was sought but not found. The show was due back at Ayr in 2020 but was cancelled following a disagreement between the organisers and South Ayrshire Council about funding.
The Council has now decided to fund its own show. The first 'International Ayr Show - Festival of Flight' was held in September 2023.
Use postcode KA7 2XA in the Sat Nav until you get close, but ignore sat nav in favour of local airshow signs as soon as you see them
There are links to route planners in the Travel Advice section.
It is best to book as far as possible in advance. This is not only because nearby hotels and guest houses tend get booked up well before the date of an airshow but also because prices can be better when you book early online.
There are plenty of booking agencies. We find that many of the well known ones are better at finding hotels from international or larger UK chains and may suggest hotels in main towns or cities quite a distance from the show site.
There are two nearby Premier Inn hotels, one at the racecourse, about 3 miles out of town, and one at the airport, about 6 miles away.
There is a Travelodge in Ayr and another just outside Kilmarnock, about 12 miles from the show.
Click any of the blue names to go to the corresponding web site. The links already have the location built in, but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.
A full 7 day Ayr weather forecast from the UK Met Office
The Met Office 7-day forecast includes actual and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.
The BBC's 14-day forecast has overall conditions including and hourly estimate of temperature, wind direction, wind speed and UV range.
Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.
6th & 7th September 2024