Tickets will go on sale for the 2022 Warbirds over Wanaka a year after the major airshow cancelled its upcoming show due to the pandemic.
The cancelled show was expected to attract some 55,000 people over three days and pump more than $20 million into the regional economy.
General manager Ed Taylor said the airshow probably would not have survived without the generosity of funders and sponsors.
“Without that help we probably wouldn’t be here today. We know there is also a huge amount of support from our airshow fans, so we are confident we are going to be able to put on a stunning show come Easter 2022,” Taylor said.
One of the big factors for next year would be whether Australians would be allowed in.
“Around 5000 of our visitors are Australians so we need the trans-Tasman bubble, not just for us but for the wider Southern Lakes region, which also benefits,” Taylor said.
They were now in the process of confirming the big acts for next year’s show.
“Already we’ve been able to announce that the Royal New Zealand Air Force will be celebrating their 85th Anniversary at Wanaka next year,” he said.
“Our relationship with the RNZAF goes back to the very first Wanaka Airshow in 1988 so to have their 85th Anniversary here will be special. We will also be inviting a number of international air forces to join in the celebrations.”
Tickets will go on sale on Monday.