Cancellation of Airbourne confirmed

Eastbourne Borough Council has confirmed that Airbourne 2020, the town's international airshow, will not go ahead.

At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on events across the world, the Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Councillor David Tutt, took the "sad but inevitable decision" to cancel this summer's seafront display.

Councillor Tutt said: "I had been hanging onto the vain hope that Airbourne could take place this summer, but we have to accept that bringing hundreds of thousands of people together to watch the event is now out the question. This is a sad but inevitable decision for me, but at a time when our incredible medical and care workers are on the frontline of this crisis saving lives, there are much bigger issues at stake."

The senior council team that coordinates the event has been in regular dialogue with other airshow partners and from those discussions it is clear there is broad support and understanding for the decision to cancel Airbourne.

Councillor Penny di Cara, Leader of the Opposition Group, said: "I fully support Councillor Tutt's decision and I'm sure that everyone else, however disappointed they are, will also understand why hosting Airbourne this year is impossible. I have no doubt that when we fully overcome the challenges we face now, we will bounce back and make Airbourne 2021 the best ever!"