ONLY ON 3: Wilmington air show cancelled due to past complaints, disruptions

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Submitted: Sat, 02/16/2013 - 4:51am
Updated: Sat, 02/16/2013 - 4:07pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A thrilling event in the Cape Fear is no more. WWAY learned from leaders at Wilmington International Airport Friday its air show has been cancelled.

It’s aviation at its finest with roaring jets and acrobatics of all kinds. The Coastal Carolina Air Show at Wilmington International Airport has been a high-action treat for thousands from all of over the country. But ILM Director Jon Rosborough says the show, held every three years, is being grounded after past complaints and disruptions.

“It interferes with our commercial air space,” Rosborough said. “During the last two air shows, we had several flights delayed which was an inconvenience to our passengers and several of our passengers missed connections.”

Because the show features military jet teams, all air space is reserved for them, meaning other air traffic is stalled for up to two hours. “The airlines complained. The airlines have said you know you’ve caused us hardship,” Rosborough said.

During past shows, people have enjoyed not only the action in the sky but have also been able to tour some of the impressive aircrafts.

For pilot Matt Wade, going to the air show has been a family tradition since he was a little boy. He just learned today of the show’s cancellation.

“There’s always stuff for the kids with food in addition to the air show so it will be disappointing to lose that,” Wade said.

So Wade says he will resort to attending other air shows in the region. “If you’re willing to drive a couple of hours, there is always a good air show you can get to.”

The next Coastal Carolina Air Show would have taken place next year.

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56 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Wilmington air show cancelled due to past complaints, disruptions"

2015 years 8 months ago

Gee, you’d think Saffo and council (cronies) would have at least said something about the airport cancelling one of the big deals around here. Something that lots of Wilmingtonians are proud of and look forward to. However, unless I missed it, not one word.

Oh well, I guess that’s understandable. Not a one of them can profit in some way from some sort of “downtown” real estate deal from the airshow.

Guest 10101
2015 years 8 months ago

Overwhelmed by their lack of business, or their inability to attract new business, ILM management doesn’t want to mess with the one or two flights it might effect. That’s what happens when one or two flights are such a large percentage of their overall business.

I love the Wilmington area, but the airport is a podunk airport with podunk management. ILM management’s brains are far too small to ever even think big, much less creatively.

2015 years 8 months ago

Possibly the traveling public could help out with this. We could all drive to Fayetteville, Raleigh, or Myrtle Beach to catch our flights, and eliminate the problems of delayed flights in Wilmington. This decision is short sighted, and damaging to an economy already hurting.

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree with you. So tired of sitting through red/green lights waiting on the limo with the queen in it that I’ve never heard of. I have to work for a living, I travel a lot in the county and it is a very big aggravation to me.

Mike Forte
2015 years 8 months ago

So minority rules once again. How sad and foolish. How about moving it to Brunswick County Airport or elsewhere. Guess that’s not an option. Just cancel it. Knuckleheads.