Portrush shuttle bus and parking locations

West Bay (also has 50 disabled parking bays) (free parking)

Landsdowne (free parking)

East Strand (normal car parking charges apply)

The Bowl (Causeway St) (free parking)

Dunluce Car Park (normal car parking charges apply)

Dunluce Grass Area (in front of police station) (free parking)

Sandhill Drive (free parking)

Once parked, walk to Beaghville Drive (No 4 on Map) (beside Glenvale Crescent and Church Corner). Take the free Shuttle Bus and get dropped off on the Coast Road at the shuttle bus drop off/pick up points at Carrick Dhu (3), Juniper Hill (2) and The Pitts (1).

If you are unable to walk that far, a free town accessible bus will pick up at Lansdowne (5 on map), Causeway Street (6) and Metropole (7). Please keep these buses free for people who really need them. Unfortunately, due to the amount of traffic expected in the town, it is expected that these buses will most likely get caught up in slow moving traffic.

NI International Airshow Parking Information

A new post has appeared on the NI International Air Show website detailing pick up points for the shuttle buses and park and ride. I will do the park and ride first, and a shuttle bus post will be made shortly.

There are 3 park and ride locations:

Rugby Ave, Coleraine

University of Ulster, Coleraine

The Warren, Portstewart

If you are travelling from Belfast direction, use the Park & Ride at Rugby Ave.

If you are travelling from L/Derry direction, use the Park & Ride at University of Ulster.

The Warren in Portstewart is the third Park & Ride option.

All buses are fully accessible, and the Park & Ride car parks have disabled parking. Once parked you can then take the bus to Portrush and get dropped off on the Coast Road at the shuttle bus drop off/pick up points at Carrick Dhu , Juniper Hill and The Pitts

New additions to the NI International Airshow

NI International Air Show today revealed two additional displays for the show next weekend, with both displays on the Sunday only of their show.

First up is the Irish Air Corps Silver Swallows, celebrating 100 years of the Irish Air Corps. The Silver Swallows fly four Pilatus PC-9M Aircraft which entered service in 2004 and is used as a trainer aircraft.

The Irish Coast Guard will be sending their Sikorsky S-92A for a joint exercise with the RNLI lifeboat. The S-92A entered service with the Irish Coast Guard. The S92A and RNLI are regular contributors to airshows in Northern Ireland.

The NI International Airshow takes place on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September.

Wild Geese to dive into the NI International Air Show

Today, the NI International Airshow website updated their display page to include the Wild Geese Parachute Display Team.

The Wild Geese Parachute Display team are from the Sky Diving Eperience – Sky Dive Wild Geese, who offer parachute experiences to the public and are based at Garvagh Airfield. They have jumped into Portrush in the past most recently in 2019

Good to have them back 🙂

NI International Airshow sees new additions to the flying display.

4th August 2022

Today via a press release, the NI International Airshow (Formally Airwaves Portrush) announced multiple civilian displays in addition to the already announced RAF Displays.

Team Raven, a very popular 6 ship of Vans RV8s will return to the Causeway Coast having displayed a number of times at Airwaves Portrush, this year they will be flying a 6 ship display for the first time since 2016.

Next up is the Calidus Gyrocopter from Gyro Air Displays, which has graced the skies of Portrush many times in the past. A unique looking aircraft which can fly closer to the crowd than most displays.

Returning to the North Coast is the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco from Bronco Demo Team. The OV10 Bronco flown by the Bronco Demo Team is a former German Air Force Bronco. It is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. The OV10 was used during the Vietnam War by the Americans.

A debut in Northern Ireland will see the Me109 Buchon, a Rolls-Royce Merlin-engined Messerschmitt Bf109 used in World War II by the Germans and Spanish, and joining it will be another North Coast Debut with the Hawker Fury, a British made fighter aircraft. The Fury entered service two years after the war ended. The Fury proved to be a popular aircraft with a number of overseas militaries, and was used during the Korean War.

These exciting additions join the already announced RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, both of which are displaying on Saturday 10th September only, as well as the RAF Typhoon and RAF Tutor which both will be flying on both days.

And there is still more to come as work is ongoing to secure further aircraft for the NI International Airshow on the 10th & 11th September 2022.

New joint title sponsors on board as NI International Air Show prepares for take-off

Statement from Causeway Coast and Glens Council and NI International Airshow

Thu, August 04, 2022

The NI International Air Show makes a welcome return to Portrush on September 10th and 11th with two new joint title sponsors on board.

The support of Spirit AeroSystems and Thales, leading names in the global aerospace engineering sector, marks an exciting development for the flagship event as the seaside resort counts down to hosting Ireland’s largest air show once again.

Thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy the two-day spectacular, with all the action set to take-off in a new location along the three-mile coast road between Portrush and Portstewart.

Prepare yourself for the best panoramic views and a chance to get even closer to skyward attractions which so far include a headline performance from the Red Arrows (Saturday 10th September only), the iconic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire, the RAF’s Typhoon and Tutor, the World War II Warbirds Hawker Fury and Me109 (Buchon) along with the Calidus Autogyro, the American-made OV-10 Bronco and mesmerising formation aerobatic displays from Team Raven.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace said:

“The NI International Air Show is the pinnacle of Council’s Platinum Jubilee programme, and we are setting the scene for a weekend to remember in Portrush.

“The flying schedule is looking impressive so far, and work is ongoing to secure further aircraft for the enjoyment of our visitors. The air attractions combined with everything that’s on offer on the ground including static displays, the STEM village, and artisan market make this a must-see attraction.

“The Air Show is a fantastic showcase for the aerospace industry, and I am delighted to see this reflected in the calibre of our new joint title sponsors this year. Spirit AeroSystems and Thales are leaders in their field, and I want to thank them, along with Tourism NI and our other sponsors and supporters, as we prepare to stage this inspiring aviation celebration.”

Sir Michael J Ryan CBE, Vice President, European Space and Defence, Government Affairs, and Chairman Spirit AeroSystems UK, added:

“Spirit AeroSystems is delighted to support the Northern Ireland International Air Show, a staple in the Northern Ireland aerospace calendar.

“As a leading designer and manufacturer of complex aerostructures for both commercial and defence applications, we recognise the importance of events like this which serve to connect people within the industry and the community, but more importantly to inspire and engage a new generation to pursue an exciting career in aerospace.”

Alana Colenso, Head of HR, Strategic Partner at Thales said:

“We are really glad to see the Air Show back for 2022 and proud to be a joint title sponsor of such a fantastic event.  We are particularly looking forward to returning to the STEM village this year with some new activities to share. 

“Promoting STEM within Northern Ireland is extremely important to us to ensure we grow the skills of tomorrow.  Thales are growing significantly over the coming years and retaining those skills within Northern Ireland is of strategic importance to us.”

Alongside the title sponsors, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is pleased to confirm that Pulsar, who work to promote diversity in science and technology skills and careers across Northern Ireland, are the sponsor of the STEM Village where visitors can enjoy a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics themed displays and exhibitors.

The Business Engagement Day, which takes place on the first day of the Air Show, is sponsored by Denroy Plastics Ltd with support from Invest NI.

In the aerial programme, The Honourable The Irish Society are sponsoring The Red Arrows aircraft display with Portrush Atlantic Hotel sponsoring the RAF Typhoon Aircraft Display.

If you would like your business or organisation to get involved please contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities by emailing kimportrush@gmail.com.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news and announcements by visiting www.airshowni.com or follow @NIairshow on Facebook.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured with Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems, new joint title sponsor of the NI International Air Show.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured with Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems, new joint title sponsor of the NI International Air Show.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured with Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems and Alana Colenso, Lyle Creighton and Laura Hamilton from Thales, new joint title sponsors of the NI International Air Show.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured with Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems and Alana Colenso, Lyle Creighton and Laura Hamilton from Thales, new joint title sponsors of the NI International Air Show.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured with Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems, new joint title sponsor of the NI International Air Show.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured with Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems and Alana Colenso, Lyle Creighton and Laura Hamilton from Thales, new joint title sponsors of the NI International Air Show.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured with Alana Colenso, Lyle Creighton and Laura Hamilton from Thales, new joint title sponsor of the NI International Air Show.
Gillian Gregg from Pulsar, sponsor of the STEM Village at the NI International Air Show which takes place in Portrush on September 10th and 11th, pictured with the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured in Portrush with Kevin McNamee, CEO of Denroy Plastics Ltd, sponsors of the NI International Air Show Business Engagement Day, and Grainne McVeigh from Invest NI, supporters of the Business Engagement Day.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured in Portrush with Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems, new joint title sponsor of the NI International Air Show, and Kevin McNamee, CEO of Denroy Plastics Ltd, sponsors of the event’s Business Engagement Day.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace pictured in Portrush as part of the countdown to the NI International Air Show which takes place on September 10th and 11th with front row, Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems, new joint title sponsor, Gillian Gregg from Pulsar, Laura Hamilton and Lyle Creighton from Thales (joint title sponsor), and back row, Natasha Garrott (Portrush Atlantic Hotel), Kevin McNamee (Denroy Plastics Ltd), Alana Colenso from Thales (joint title sponsor), Grainne McVeigh (Invest NI), Noeleen McKillop and Catherine Deery, representing The Honourable The Irish Society.
Catherine Deery and Noeleen McKillop representing The Honourable The Irish Society who are sponsoring the Red Arrows aircraft display at the NI International Air Show along with the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Ivor Wallace prepares for the return of the NI International Air Show on September 10th and 11th along with Natasha Garrott (Portrush Atlantic), Gillian Gregg (Pulsar), Sir Michael J Ryan CBE from Spirit AeroSystems, new joint title sponsor, Alana Colenso from joint title sponsor Thales, Kevin McNamee from Denroy Plastics Ltd, Grainne McVeigh from Invest NI, Catherine Deery and Noeleen McKillop from The Honourable The Irish Society.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to return to Portrush!

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) have today released their schedule and they will be appearing at Portrush on Saturday 10th September 2022.

It has not yet been said what aircraft they intend to be bringing to the new Causeway Intenational Airshow, however the BBMF are always a very popular display. They currently display with an Avro Lancaster, one of only two still flying in the world. Spitfires, Hurricane and a Dakota, all of which are inconic WWII Aircraft.

It will be great to see the BBMF back in the skies of Northern Ireland displaying once again.

Red Arrows confirm return to Portrush.

The World Famous RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows have today released their schedule and have included the Saturday (10th September) of Portrush, now under the name Causeway International Airshow, on their 2022 schedule.

The RAF Red Arrows last displayed in Portrush in 2018 on the Sunday of the show. After 3 years without a show in Portrush, and with Northern Ireland coming out on the other end of the Covid pandemic, this is very welcome news.

Causeway International Airshow, Portrush, Northern Ireland takes place on September 10th and 11th in a new location along the coast between Portrush and Portstewart.

I look forward to seeing the Red Arrows in Portrush once again, and I am sure all of you do to.

Portrush Airshow to return in 2022

This was probably the worst kept secret, but I had kept it off the page until it had went to the council vote. However, the Portrush Airshow is to return, rebranded as the ‘ International Causeway Airshow’ from 2022

.Green light for ‘International Causeway Airshow’

A majority of Councillors backed DUP’s Aaron Callan proposal this evening calling for the bi-annual event starting next year with 24 votes for, 15 against. The motion read:

“That this Council would develop a new International Causeway Airshow for 2022 to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and explore holding the event every 2 years from 2022. We should make this a key regional event not just for the Borough but for Northern Ireland and therefore explore working in partnership with key partners like the Northern Ireland Office, Ministry of Defence, Department for the Economy, Invest NI and Tourism NI. A project Board involving elected members of no more of 6 by d’hondt should be set up to shape and develop this event along with experts and other key stakeholders.”

The motion was seconded by Councillor John McAuley and supported by Alderman Norman Hillis, Councillor Angela Mulholland, Councillor William McCandless, Councillor Russell Watton and Councillor Chris McCaw.

The item of business was debated for at least an hour with Sinn Féin’s Councillor Oliver McMullan proposing an amendment which was defeated to allow ‘council time to have a more in-depth look at Tourism and money to be spent equally throughout the Borough’, 15 votes for, 24 against. Portrush Air Waves event was called off early last year after having its funding withdrawn as Council at the time looked to slash its £68.7m debt.Further info to follow tomorrow.

The UK will celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch with a blockbuster weekend of celebrations.The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone.

This historic event will reflect on Her Majesty’s reign and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952.Activity will build across 2022 in the run-up to the four day weekend, when the eyes of the world will turn to the UK.

Airwaves Portrush 2020 cancelled.

Last night Causeway coast and Glens council voted on a number of cost cutting measures due to a crippling £68 million debt and and with great sadness to many, Airwaves Portrush 2020 was among the casualties with the full funding of £240,000 withdrawn.

Causeway Coast and Glens Alliance Councillor Chris McCaw said council estimates suggest that the event brings in around £2.5m in revenue to the Portrush area every year, but that councillors had been left with no choice but to make the difficult decision.

The annual airshow was one of the biggest events in Northern Ireland attracting 150,000 people each year. Councillor McCaw said they are hopeful the event can return in the future.

“I’d love to see that, this is only happening due to the financial situation we’ve found ourselves in. The event was worth £2.5m to the Portrush area,” Councillor McCaw said.

Over the years Airwaves Portrush has brought many amazing displays to the North Coast including the ‘Once in a Lanc time’ tour of 2 Avro Lancaster bombers, the Avro Vulcan XH558, an F16 display and an Airbus A380 as well as the massive contributions from the RAF over the years including the Red Arrows, Typhoons, Tornados, Harriers & Belfast built Shorts Tucanos.

AirshowsNI hope the airshow can return in the near future.