This year’s edition of the Malta International Airshow will be divided in two sections. The Static Display will be held as usual, at the Malta International Airport, while the flying display will be held offshore and can be best viewed at Smart City Malta. This was formally announced by the Malta Aviation Society, organisers of the Malta International Airshow during a press conference held earlier on today. Mr. Joe Ciliberti, President of the Malta Aviation Society said that this 24th edition of the Airshow will feature participants from Malta, France, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. This will be the first time that the Ukrainian Air Force will be participating in the Malta International Airshow.
All aircraft participating in the Airshow, will be on display at the Airport on Saturday and Sunday from 1000hrs till 1530hrs. The Airfield can be accessed from Ħal-Farruġ Road. Entrance, including parking, will be at €8. 14 year olds and younger will be granted access free of charge. The general public can then enjoy the flying display from Smart City. The display will start at 1700hrs still 1930hrs. Entrance will be free, with a parking charge administered and managed by Smart City Malta. The flying display will feature the last-ever display by the Italian AF AB212 as the Italian Military Mission winds down its Search And Rescue mission in Malta, a joint aircraft/helicopter display by AFM, and a fly by a P-8 Poseidon operated by the US Navy, that is on its first-ever deployment to Europe. The Polish national display team, Team ISKRA, will provide the audience with a full aerobatic display, while the powerful Ukrainian AF Sukoi 27 Flanker will show off the aircraft’s capabilities.
The Airshow will come to a close with an aerobatic display by Italian team Pioneer which will also feature pyrotechnics set off from the aircraft during the display. The same programme will be followed on both Saturday and Sunday. Transport service from Airport to Smart City will be provided, while Bus number 3 will be operating from Valletta to Smart City offering a direct service.
It’s important to note that the traffic around Smart City will be one way from Kalkara side towards Smart City, and then leaving from Xgħajra side. The organisers also warned drone owners that flying drones at both sites is strictly forbidden. Mr. Ciliberti said that the Malta Aviation Society worked closely with Transport Malta as regards both surface vessels and aviation matters to ensure safety at the event.