AN AIRSHOW is returning for one year only but could be grounded for good as organisers plea with fans to donate to save it.

Dozens of aircraft will take the skies as part of the Eastbourne Airshow next year after it was called off during the coronavirus pandemic.

The free air festival will return from August 18 to August 21 and due to the current financial situation, it must run without cost to the taxpayer to guarantee its future.

However, organisers are calling on fans and businesses to donate if it is to continue for future years.

Without enough financial support over the next year, a decision would be taken to ground the airshow for good in 2023.

Eastbourne Borough Council lead cabinet member for tourism and culture, councillor Margaret Bannister said: “This really is the final boarding call for Airbourne!

"Rising costs of insurance and security over the years have increased the financial vulnerability of the show to such an extent, that unless we can increase visitor donations and financial support from our local businesses, then we really do need to retire our biggest event of the year!

"Covid-19 has had such a devastating effect upon the Council’s finances, that we can no longer support events financially, unless they can support themselves.

"Airbourne has such a positive impact upon the town’s economy, with hundreds of thousands of visitors over the four days, many of whom stay overnight, so we are asking those who enjoy visiting the show and the many businesses who benefit from tourism in Eastbourne to please dig deep and help Airbourne take flight in future years.”

Anyone can pledge their support by donating online, however, a range of packages and experiences will soon be available for visitors to upgrade their visit, making ideal gifts in the lead up to Christmas.

From grandstand seating areas with private toilet facilities and a new family zone, to airside dining packages, guaranteed on site parking and exclusive membership packages, there will be plenty of options to suit all budgets.

Business packages are available too, offering a range of hospitality, advertising, exhibition space and sponsorship.

Eastbourne’s events team are continuing with their existing green initiatives, such as removing single-use plastic from the event.

Organisers are also working alongside transport and aviation partners to explore opportunities to reduce the events carbon footprint.

To donate towards Airbourne 2022 or to register interest in reserved seating, gifts, membership packages or commercial opportunities visit