Airshow ticket prices up next year

Singapore Airshow 2012

SINGAPORE -Aviation buffs will have to pay more to experience the heart-stopping aerobatic displays of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's Black Knights at next year's airshow.

Ticket prices for the public days at Singapore Airshow 2014 on Feb 15 and 16 are going up.

Sales start today at $22 for an adult ticket, up from $20 before. Children between the ages of three and 12 will pay $9, or $1 more.

Tickets are available from Sistic, which also charges a booking fee of $3 for each adult ticket and $1 for each child.

The ticket covers a two-way shuttle between Singapore Expo and the event venue, the Changi Exhibition Centre near the airport, as well as entry to the air display segments and exhibitions.

Prices have not been adjusted since 2008 when Experia Events started organising the biennial event, managing director Jimmy Lau told The Straits Times on Thursday.

Since then, operational costs have increased and enhancements made to improve visitor experience, he said.

For instance, buses will run more frequently, to shorten waiting times.

Also, security checks and ticket processing will be done at the Expo before ticket holders board the buses. In previous years, the shuttle buses ran from Changi Airport, where visitors had to stand in line for security checks and then again at the show site to gain entry.

Visitors can look forward to many exciting activities, Experia Events said.

These include static aircraft on display and aerobatic flying displays by various teams including the Black Knights, which were last seen at the airshow in 2008.

Visitors will get a chance to meet the pilots for photographs and autographs.

Also on display will be a Yak-130 two-seater Russian aircraft, designed for basic and advanced training of fighter pilots.

So far, more than 80 per cent of the available exhibition space of 40,000 sq m has been booked.

ST Engineering will be the largest exhibitor at the airshow, as it has been in previous years, with 3,500 sq m of space secured. The Singapore Airshow is touted as being among the top three airshows in the world, after Paris' Le Bourget and Britain's Farnborough.

The last time it was held, in February last year, the show attracted more than 90,000 public visitors.

Next year's show will be from Feb 11-16. The first four days are for trade visitors.

karam@sph.com.sg

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