Cape Town Air Show ready for liftoff

16 September 2010

One of the Mother City’s biggest annual attractions – the Cape Town Air Show – is set for liftoff at the Ysterplaat Air Base on September 21, 2010.

Also known as the Africa Aerospace & Defence exhibition (AAD2010), the show will see around 77 military and civil aircraft taking to the skies in a dazzling display that attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the country.

More than 280 exhibiting companies from 35 countries around the world will ensure that this year’s event is bigger, better and noisier than ever before.

The show is open to the public on September 24 and 25 and offers two days of excitement and fun.

There will be lots of entertainment for the whole family: a world-class air show, dynamic vehicle demonstrations and interesting static displays. While the dads watch the air show, children can go for joy-rides in the entertainment park.

Gates open from 06h00 to allow the general public early entry. The flying displays start at 07h30 and last until 17h00 – weather permitting. This full-day programme of fighter aircraft, aerobatic displays, massive transport planes, gleaming business jets, civil and military helicopters, vintage aircraft, as well as parachute jumps, should not be missed.

Pre-paid discounted tickets are available from Cape Town Tourism offices, the National Sea Rescue Institute and the South Africa Air Force Museum at Ysterplaat. Gate entrance tickets are priced at a reasonable R50 for adults and R40 for children under twelve and pensioners. Toddlers get in for free.

AAD2010 also offers an exciting youth development programme in a dedicated pavilion next to the Trade Visitors Reception. While the youngsters can play on flight and vehicle simulators, build models and experience virtual aviation, role models will provide information on future careers in the hi-tech world of aerospace and defence.

Several naval vessels from the Indian, Brazilian and South African navies will also be open to the public at the V&A Waterfront .

Food stalls and a beer garden at the show cater for the hungry and thirsty. While visitors may bring their own picnic baskets, open fires are not allowed due to the fire hazard.

There is easy access for those with disabilities, a lost child centre, a medical and first aid facility, and sufficient toilet facilities.

Public vehicle parking is available around Ysterplaat, while a free shuttle service operates from the Ratanga Junction parking area.

For security reasons no alcohol, firearms or pets will be permitted inside the show grounds. Visitors are requested to adhere to all instructions from the exhibition organisers, traffic officials and the South African Police Force.

Contact the AAD2010 Call Centre on +27 (0)21 508 6414, email, or visit


For further information about Cape Town or Cape Town Tourism, please contact Cape Town Tourism’s PR and Communication Manager Skye Grove,, +27 (0)21 487 6800 or see

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