A number of visitors to this year’s Farnborough International Airshow have taken to social media to voice their disappointment.
Farnborough International Airshow’s Facebook page has been berated with negative comments following the public weekend on July 21 and 22.
Visitors were unimpressed with the cost of the tickets, food and drink, as well as the flying display and the organisation of the event.
The Red Arrows were picked out specifically for their brief flypast performance with many respondents claiming the show was the worst one they had ever attended.
Posts on the organiser’s Facebook page have attracted attention from hundreds of visitors, many of them writing scathing reviews of the show.
One person said: “I have attended the airshow most years since I was a child. 2018 will be my last year. What an absolutely atrocious event.
“I have never been so disappointed. This year I encouraged many other family members to come with us and needless to say I was super embarrassed. The show was an absolute joke. I will definitely not be coming again.”
Conversely one respondent said: “First time we have been it was a great day.”
One visitor came all the way from New Zealand but left disappointed. They said: “Came halfway around the world to attend this show (from New Zealand), and left after Saturday’s show, very disappointed.
“Parking was abysmal – paid for priority park, but rude attendants wouldn’t tell us how to get to it, and told us general parking was ‘as good as we’d get’. Our free programme never eventuated, no one seemed to know where we collected it.
The Red Arrows pilots spent time on the ground meeting fans and signing autographs before hopping in their iconic red jets and taking to the skies.
Many were left dissatisfied however by the lack of a significant display from the RAF squadron which performed a flypast on its way back from central London, before landing.
One visitor said: “Gutted about the lack of Red Arrows display. And I use the word display lightly as a flypast certainly doesn’t cover it for me. And they were one of the main reasons we went. Highly unlikely we’ll be going again.
“Nice to go and see the exhibits, well organised, but the flying display was abysmal. You know you have it bad when you have to send the F-16 up twice and the Red Bull team three times.”
Many respondents pointed towards the Shoreham air disaster in 2015, in which 11 people lost their lives, as a reason for the lacklustre performances from some of the aircrafts.
One said: “I’ve been going to the Farnborough Airshow since I was 8, now at 60 I won’t be bothering again, very disappointing show due to panic tightening of the display regulations after the careless Shoreham pilot.
“I’ve lived around Farnborough many years and the Red Arrows were always the highlight of the show, that flypast was a joke.”
On Saturday, (July 21) crowds appeared to be leaving the show a couple of hours before the display schedule had finished.
A spokesman for Farnborough International said: “We want our visitors to have the best possible experience at the airshow and it’s important that they enjoy a great day out.
“We host a diverse visitor base, from avid plane enthusiasts to young families, and a lot of work goes into ensuring there is the right mix of attractions and exhibitions to entertain all those visitors.
“Whilst we have also had positive feedback and comments, it is disappointing to hear that this year’s show fell short of some people’s expectations.
“There are aspects of the show that are beyond our control but we understand that expectations of Farnborough are high, so we will be listening to customers’ feedback and ensuring we shape the 2020 Airshow to try and address them.”
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