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Delta council gives thumbs-up for 2023 Boundary Bay Airshow

The parking fee is to increase for this year’s airshow event
Alpha Aviation asked the City of Delta for additional financial support to offset increasing production costs.

The Boundary Bay Airshow will be back this summer.

Council last week endorsed a staff recommendation to approve Alpha Aviation’s request to host the airshow that will be held on July 22.

After a two-hiatus due to the pandemic, the show at the Boundary Bay Airport made a comeback last year.

The airshow has been a popular community event for more than a decade, with 15,000 people or more attending each year, said a staff report to council.

The airshow has historically been produced through a cost-sharing partnership between the city and Alpha Aviation. Both parties make significant financial contributions toward the event in order for it to remain a free and accessible family event, the report notes.

This year, Alpha Aviation has requested additional financial support to offset increasing production costs. In subsequent conversations, they have confirmed a 2023 net cash request of up to $100,000, increased from $35,000 in 2022, and consistent with the cash contribution provided by the city in 2019.

The report explains that Delta's sponsorship campaign raised a total of $110,750 for the 2022 airshow, plus approximately $27,000 of in-kind services from private organizations, all of which were provided to Alpha Aviation to offset costs.

Alpha Aviation reports that the net out-of-pocket 2022 event costs it incurred totalled $167,000.

For 2023, an additional cash contribution of up to $65,000 and increased shuttle service estimated to cost an extra $20,000 for bigger buses is requested by Alpha.

Delta's proposed total cash contribution would be 50 per cent of the net out-of-pocket costs of the 2023 airshow, up to a maximum of $100,000.

The City of Delta and Alpha Aviation will also develop a traffic management and parking plan to better manage the on-site and off-site parking facilities and address the anticipated traffic for the event.

Alpha Aviation will manage on-site parking at the airport and proposes to charge a $20-to-$25 on-site vehicle parking fee to encourage attendees to find alternative parking and sustainable transportation. That is up from $10 charged in 2022.