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


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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