IWM Duxford eases restrictions, sells more tickets for next week’s Summer Airshow

DUXFORD | The Duxford Summer Airshow will go ahead under much looser restrictions than originally planned, following confirmation that England’s coronavirus restrictions will be scrapped on Monday 19th July.

Previously limited to 4,000 people per day, more tickets will be put on sale, with up to 8,000 daily visitors now permitted. Indoor exhibitions will also be open to visitors, contrary to initial plans although masks will be strongly encouraged. Likewise, participating in contact tracing using the NHS app will be encouraged.

Plans to split the showground into three zones, which visitors would not be able to move between, have also been scrapped, although visitors will still be required to park in the car park originally assiged to their ticket.

Visitors over the age of 11 will still be required to provide evidence that they are not infected with coronavirus, either in the form of a full vaccination record, a negative PCR test or Lateral Flow Test (the latter being available for free) taken within 48 hours of entry, or a positive PCR test result from within the last six months.

The show is scheduled for the 24th-25th July – just days after the UK government is due to scrap most remaining coronavirus restrictions. Until the 19th July, most outdoor events were limited to 4,000 spectators, and were obliged to take part in contact tracing efforts. The Summer Airshow was designed to operate within these restrictions to avoid a last-minute cancellation; last year’s Battle of Britain Airshow at Duxford was called off with just a few days to go, as the UK moved towards a second nationwide lockdown.

Already due to feature the Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon solo display, Tiger 9 Aeronautical Display Team, Blades Display Team and Strikemaster pair, among others, the flying line up was also extended today, with a slew of Duxford-based warbirds joining the show.

Now due to display over the weekend are P-47D Thunderbolt “Nellie”, two P-51D Mustangs (“Contrary Mary” and “Texas/The Hun Hunter”), a Grumman FM.2 Wildcat, Catalina, B-17 Flying Fortress and five Spitfires: a trio of Mk.Is, Mk.XIB MH434 and PR.XI PL963 in “THANK U NHS” markings.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit the official website.