Avalon Airshow breaks crowd records


Geelong and the G21 region once again proved capable of hosting hugely-successful major world-class events with a record attendance at this year’s Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport.

The 2017 Australian International Airshow smashed its 2015 attendance by an impressive 40,000, with 210,664 people turning out to watch the world’s best aircraft take to the skies.

The Airshow – which ran from Tuesday 28 February to Sunday 5 March – is one of the largest items on Victoria’s action-packed major events calendar.

For the three-day trade period, more than 33,000 international delegates from 45 countries were in town to see Victoria’s world-class expertise in aviation, aerospace and defence, and to witness first-hand the arrival of the Joint Strike Fighter.

Once the gates opened to the public, a whopping 176,742 people visited the Airshow in just over two days to see some of the most exciting and diverse flying display programs ever seen in Australia, including the world’s only night time flying display.

The Airshow is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading industry events and is thought to have created more than 2000 jobs and boosted the state's economy by up to $150 million.

Source: Based on a state government media release