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Dates announced for next year's Airshow in Swansea

Mark it in your diaries - the Wales Airshow will be returning to Swansea on the weekend of Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 next summer.

Bristol Blenheim

The 2018 Airshow will be the eighth in Swansea and the fourth consecutive year it's been held in the city. 

Figures show this summer's Airshow - held on the first weekend of July - was worth £8.4 million to Swansea's economy, with £6.7 million of that figure coming from visitors to the city.

Swansea Council is behind the Wales Airshow, with Swansea University being a major sponsor this year.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Letting people know the dates of next year's Wales Airshow makes sense because it will give residents, visitors and businesses plenty of time to plan ahead. 

"Next summer will be the fourth consecutive year for the Airshow in Swansea, with the recent economic impact and visitor figures justifying our decision to make it an annual event.

"According to our partners , the temporary closure of Oystermouth Road for this year's event worked well by creating more space for the record crowd, so consideration will be given to doing the same thing next summer as part of an Airshow review we're now carrying out.

"While the Airshow is a key anchor event in our annual events programme that's extremely popular, we're always looking for ways to improve it for the continued benefit of local people and visitors to the city. This will help further boost a tourism industry that's already worth more than £400 million and 5,000 jobs to Swansea."

Research carried out at this year's Airshow showed 91% of the visitors were Welsh, with the bulk of English visitors travelling to the event from the Midlands and the South West.

Face-to-face and online surveys with hundreds of visitors also showed 92% would attend the event again in future, with 80% saying they'd visit every year. About 29% of people questioned were first-time visitors. 

Staying visitors stayed an average of three nights in Swansea for the event, spending approximately £149 each on accommodation - a slight increase on previous years.

Aircraft that took part in this summer's Airshow included the RAF Red Arrows, the Spitfire and the Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Tigers parachute display team, the Bristol Blenheim, Team Raven, the RAF Chinook, the RAF Typhoon and the Gyro Air Display.

Ground-based entertainment included RAF Red Arrows and Typhoon simulator rides, military vehicles, display trailers, a climbing wall, trade stands, a funfair, staged entertainment and performances from the Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth.

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