Future Of Atlantic City Airshow In 2024, 2025 Up In The Air Without Funding

Written By David Danzis on March 18, 2024
Image of the US Army Parachute Team participating in the Atlantic City Airshow, which will be discontinued for the next two years

The Atlantic City Airshow, one of the largest free annual events in New Jersey, is in danger of being canceled for at least the next two summers due to a lack of funding.

According to a report from Linwood-based WOND Radio, this summer’s show and the 2025 event are postponed. Multiple sources told PlayNJ that without a realistic financial commitment from key stakeholders, the long-term future of the AC Airshow could be up in the air.

Airshow drops money on Atlantic City casinos, South Jersey

Atlantic City casinos are among the biggest beneficiaries of the massive influx of tourists and day-trippers coming to the seaside resort to watch the practice day or the live airshow.

The Greater Atlantic City Chamber, Visit Atlantic City and David Schultz Airshows jointly organize the annual event. The GACC declined to comment on Monday.

Between practice day and actual event day, the show brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to AC and the surrounding area. According to the event organizers, last year’s Atlantic City Airshow, its 20th anniversary, attracted nearly 458,000 spectators over two days. The business community estimates the 2023 airshow generated between $50 million and $70 million in economic activity for the region.

Airshow officially not dead yet, but unlikely

The cost of the 2023 airshow gave the organizers sticker shock, with inflation playing a part. The airshow team also had to spend additional money on security, insurance and staging. And those costs, according to the organizers, have increased significantly in recent years.

Several sources, who spoke to PlayNJ on the condition of anonymity, said that the State of New Jersey rebuffed repeated local efforts to secure some substantial public funding.

As of Monday morning, there are ongoing efforts are to secure sponsorships and money for the airshow. However, the timeline makes this year’s show a toss-up, at best. In order to schedule certain acts and use of airspace, multiple parties and agencies require advance notice, sometimes many months in advance.

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David Danzis is the lead writer for PlayNJ. He is a New Jersey native and honors graduate of Rutgers University. As a newspaper reporter for the New Jersey Herald and Press of Atlantic City, David earned statewide awards for his coverage of politics, government, education, sports, and business. Today, he is PlayNJ’s Atlantic City “insider” and gaming industry expert on casinos, sports betting, and online gambling. David lives in Atlantic County, NJ with his wife and two children.

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