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Farnborough Airshow scraps public displays

Public displays held at the weekend of the event are now cancelled Photo:

A major part of the Farnborough Airshow, the biggest and best known in the world, has been scrapped, ITV News can reveal.

Public displays held at the weekend of the event, which takes place every two years, are now cancelled.

It follows criticism of the event last year and a decision by the Red Arrows not to perform their usual aerobatic display for safety reasons following the Shoreham Airshow crash which claimed 11 lives.

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Organisers say the weekend show is losing money and public days are no longer financially viable.

The week-long trade show will go ahead as normal with the usual flying display.

They plan to make one weekday, the Friday, into a day for the public to attend, to help inspire the younger generation into careers in aviation and engineering.

1948
is when the Farnborough Airshow first opened to the public
  • Watch the full report by our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse below

Interviewees: Gareth Rogers Chief Executive, Farnborough International & Richard Gardner, Farnborough Air Sciences Trust & Leo Docherty, MP Aldershot, Con & Cllr David Clifford, Leader, Rushmoor Borough Council, Con