Tickets for the revived local air show go on sale online next Friday at 1 p.m.
25-03-2017 - PITTSTON TWP, PA
The tickets will be available on the air show website, nepairshow.com. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and officials plan to announce other ways to buy tickets later.
Airport officials outlined further details of the revived air show at a news conference formally announcing it on Thursday. The air show’s return on Aug. 12 and 13 will require shuttling attendees to the airport grounds, but won’t disrupt the airport’s normal flight schedule.
Airport director Carl Beardsley Jr. said most attendees will park at the Northeast Fair grounds at 20 Freeport Road in Pittston Township and hop on buses to get to and from the show. There will be no charge for parking or shuttles.
The airport will offer a limited amount of VIP parking closer to the airport for $20. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day with the first shuttle run at 9:30 a.m.
Advance tickets cost $18 for adults and $13 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under get in free, Beardsley said. At the door, tickets will be $20 for adults and $15 for children 6 to 12. Veterans who show a military ID will pay $15.
The show will feature the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the F-22 Raptor Demo Team, the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight team and the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet Demo Team.
Each will perform both days. The Heritage Flight will feature the F-22 and vintage military planes, including P-51 Mustang, a propeller-driven fighter plane used in World War II and the Korean War.
The air show will be the first here since 2000. Beardsley and other airport officials said reviving the idea, first broached by former Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien in 2013, took a lot of work.
“It’s been long coming,” airport board chairman Tim McGinley said. Beardsley, who took over as director in January 2015, said he pitched the idea when he applied. “They were asking and I was proposing,” he said. Board vice chairman Patrick O’Malley said the air show “means family fun, it means memories and it means community.”
“This is going to grant everyone a great opportunity to not only go to the air show, but to come and see our beautiful facility here,” O’Malley said. “Vacations start at our airport here.”
Beardsley said the airport applied last summer to the Department of Defense, which schedules the free performances by its aviation teams. Defense gave the go-ahead in January, then airport officials began seeking civilian aviation performance groups. He expects another half dozen performers to sign up. He declined to identify them because the airport has not officially signed contracts with them, he said.
The airport has budgeted about $375,000 to cover costs and hopes to break even. Having future air shows will depend on the success of this one, he said. The airport expects 15,000 attendees. Beardsley said he found demand for an air show high when he spoke to local groups.
“Everywhere I go, someone asks when are you going to bring back the air show,” he said.
The airport will also need “hundreds of volunteers” to help, he said. Interested volunteers may call the airport at 570-602-2000.