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Air show set to return to Boundary Bay this July

The air show will return to Boundary Bay Airport this summer after a oneyear hiatus.

The air show will return to Boundary Bay Airport this summer after a oneyear hiatus.

Delta council approved a request earlier this month from Alpha Aviation, the company that has the longterm lease to operate the municipally-owned airport, to once again host an air show. The event is to be held Saturday, July 28.

Council was told the airport has hosted six previous air shows, with more than 5,000 people attending the 2009 and 2010 events. The show was not held in 2011 due to construction of the 80th Street overpass, which is scheduled for completion this June.

The air show will feature the usual assortment of vintage and modern aircraft in aerobatic and static displays. A beer garden will be added this year.

Council also approved a municipal cash contribution, as well as in-house support, totaling $20,000 for the show. Several councillors defended the expenditure, saying the small investment in the air show will help promote the airport.

Meanwhile, the 80th Street overpass project, part of the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor program, remains on schedule and on budget.

The overpass will provide improved access to Boundary Bay Airport and will also address emergency access concerns as trains to and from Deltaport continue to grow in length.

sgyarmati@delta-optimist.com