WITH about 900 tickets sold, the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council voted at its meeting last Friday to continue with the Port Lincoln Airshow.
The decision whether to go ahead with the airshow or not was dependent on the event’s ticket sales and the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council’s confidence the event would be a success.
About 500 of the tickets have been sold to people from Adelaide, interstate and overseas including New Zealand and the United States.
Port Lincoln Airport manager Barry Rogers said getting people from out of town to buy early was logical as they needed to book accommodation and flights, but it was getting the local community to support the event that was challenging.
“We are insisting that a generally conservative community makes a commitment to purchase their tickets well ahead of an event; this in itself is extremely challenging and involves subtle reminders that events throughout the region in the past have not proceeded due to poor pre-sales,” Mr Rogers said.
He said at the meeting on Friday that it seemed reasonable to assume ticket sales would climb to reflect a conservative crowd of 2500.
“The airshow proposes a number of attractions that purchasers have indicated, when asked, that they specifically want to see,” Mr Rogers said.
The Port Lincoln Airshow committee will meet today to begin confirming aerial and static displays for the airshow next month.
The airshow will be held at the Port Lincoln Airport on October 16.