Warbirds Over Wanaka 2018 Final Numbers
Wanaka: Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow organisers are crediting a number of factors for the event’s big success at Easter.
A total crowd of just over 54,000 people attended over the three days of the event – up more than 10 percent on the previous Airshow.
Warbirds Over Wanaka General Manager, Ed Taylor, says celebrating the event’s 30th Anniversary plus having the United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft for the first time were two of the main reasons why there was such a big crowd.
“Even before we knew the F-16s were coming ticket sales were considerably well ahead of the previous couple of Airshows. We think a lot of people who had been to Wanaka Airshows over the years decided to make sure they didn’t miss the 30th Anniversary.”
“Then when we announced the F-16s were coming we saw ticket sales go up another notch. But it wasn’t just those two factors which made the event so successful. We had all the other features which have made this Airshow famous around the world - plenty of classic Warbirds, world-class aerobatics, a big military presence from around the Pacific region and our lakeside event.”
Warbirds Over Wanaka is also well known for its ground exhibits and visitors this year were treated to a world-class display of classic Packard motor vehicles from around New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
“Then there were the warhorse re-enactors, stationery engines, sport aircraft displays and so much more on the ground which rounded out what was a huge weekend of entertainment for the whole family,” says Taylor.
It will be some months before the final financial result is known. Any surplus from the Airshow will be used to fund the organisation through to the next event and to support the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust Flying Scholarships.
Warbirds Over Wanaka is next being held on April 10th, 11th and 12th 2020.