Scottish International Airshow

The Scottish International Airshow

The show due to be held in Ayr on
4th - 6th September 2020 has been cancelled

The Swiss F/A 18. One of the highlights of the 2018 show

In the absence of a show in Ayr in 2019, it was hoped that an alternative venue, possibly Kirkcaldy, would host it in that year but it was not possible to agree the arrangements. The 2019 Scottish International Airshow was therefore not held 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. However, a disagreement about funding (see the grey box) caused the show to be cancelled.

2020 Show cancelled

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The local authority was due to pay £250,000 towards the cost of the 2020 show but, as reported in the local newspaper, The Daily Record, they say they mistakenly paid an £80,000 invoice to the show organisers late last year. The news report suggested that the show was at risk unless the £80,000 was returned. The show organisers denied that the payment was a mistake.

As reported later in the same newspaper South Ayrshire Council said that, as the dispute had not been settled, they would withhold the £250,000 that would otherwise have been paid to help fund the show this year.

The organisers maintain that they acted properly and that no monies were received in error. Nevertheless, without the £250,000 they cannot afford to run the show, which has consequently been cancelled. The show's response to the Council's decision to withhold funds, and their statement about the cancellation, are on their Facebook Page

There is also an article in the Ayrshire Daily News which quotes directly from statements made by both parties.

All planned flying has been cancelled


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 with the South Ayrshire Council about funding.


The location for the 2019 show has not been confirmed yet.

Local area

Getting to the Show

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The variety of rail tickets and fares can be very confusing. Trainline and Raileasy web sites list all ticket and fare options for the time and day of travel you choose but they both levy an admin fee. Click either of the blue ticket agency names to go to their web site.

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Accommodation near the show

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.

Expedia lists a good selection of smaller, as well as bigger, hotels and will find accommodation in villages and small towns as well as the main centres. They also give, and take, Nectar points.

Click the blue Expedia name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into the link but when the list comes up you do have to enter your dates and adjust the number of rooms and guests, if necessary.

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.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Ayr weather forecast from the UK Met Office

The Met office seven-day forecast includes maximum, minimum and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind direction, gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's five-day forecast has overall conditions including temperatures, UV range and a description that may help to determine how pleasant the day will be for the visitor.

Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.

Show Basics

The show has been cancelled

Airshow links

Airshow's web site