The 11th annual Bray Air Display takes place this weekend, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July.
Supported by main sponsors the Irish Aviation Authority, as well as Wicklow County Council and Bray.ie, Bray Air Display is undoubtedly one of Europe’s best ever air displays.
It is estimated that 90,000 people made their way to Bray for last year’s event and this year’s World-class line up includes the Red Arrows, the Frecce Tricolori and the Breitling Wingwalkers.
This year’s event will feature 27 jets, 46 aircraft and 50 support crew. Eleven acts will perform on Saturday 23rd July with a further 5 acts also performing on Sunday 24th July, bringing the total on Sunday to 16 high performance air display acts.
Gardai, Wicklow County Council and event organisers have been planning for many weeks to put a robust traffic management plan in place with the aim of minimising disruption for local residents and getting people in and out of Bray as quickly and efficiently as possible.
As part of this, road closures and traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the weekend.
Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority, Eamonn Brennan said, "It looks like this is probably going to be the biggest air show in Europe in 2016, which is incredible – a chance in a lifetime opportunity.
He added, "Aviation has played a critical role in the development of the Irish economy over the last 100 years and it remains a key part of the Irish economic system, supporting over 40,000 jobs directly. Air displays are a really fantastic way of connecting people with the aviation sector and create an interest for future generations of pilots, engineers, and enthusiasts. I’m really looking forward to it.”