RIAT 2008 Press Release

RIAT 2008 Press Release

Organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo are introducing day-specific tickets for next summer's event in a bid to control the rising number of visitors to Europe's premier airshow.

Traditionally, Air Tattoo visitors have been able to choose whether to attend on the Saturday or the Sunday of the airshow weekend but last summer, due to contrasting weather forecasts for the two days, two-thirds of people opted to attend on the Saturday. This not only put pressure on the event's traffic management plan but also on facilities inside RAF Fairford.

By introducing day-specific tickets, organisers believe they will have a much clearer picture, in advance, of the numbers planning to attend the airshow each day and therefore be in a better position to control numbers, should the need arise.

From today, special day-specific Earlybird admission tickets go on sale priced £29.95. These tickets will be available until February 29, 2008 after which time advance tickets will be available at the 2007 price of £32.50. However, for those people who still prefer the flexibility, a limited number of 'premium' optional day tickets are also being made available from today - but at the higher price of £37.50.

Air Tattoo Director Tim Prince said: “In the end, we had to weigh up whether it was more beneficial to our visitors to have the choice of which day they came, or whether they'd prefer the prospect of easier access to RAF Fairford. Having gone through a consultation process we concluded that the benefit of easier access was greater. As the Air Tattoo grows in popularity we have a responsibility not only to our customers but also to people living along the various traffic routes. Controlling the number of people attending each day will make the Air Tattoo experience that much more enjoyable for everyone. Despite this change, our ticket prices still represent excellent value, particularly for those purchasing our Earlybird ticket. Add to this the fact that accompanied under-16s come free and car parking is free and you'd be hard pressed to find a more exciting and value-for-money family day out next summer.”

The Royal International Air Tattoo takes place on July 12 & 13, 2008. Tickets are available from www.airtattoo.com or by calling 0870 758 1918.

Ticket Prices:

Earlybird Admission (Saturday) - £29.95 (Available until 29th February 2008)
Earlybird Admission (Sunday) - £29.95 (Available until 29th February 2008)

*Advance Admission (Saturday) - £32.50 (Available 1st March to 11th July 2008)
*Advance Admission (Sunday) - £32.50 (Available 1st March to 11th July 2008)

*Advance Admission (Saturday or Sunday) - £37.50 (Available until 11th July 2008)

On the Day ticket - £45 (Available 12th July & 13th July 2008)

* £3 booking fee per transaction applies from March 1st 2008.

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