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THE Durban Airshow on Saturday will have a huge impact on the the regional economy with an R18million to R25million windfall expected.
Event spokesperson Ray de Vries said 15000 spectators are expected.
Veteran Mirage display pilot Lieutenant-Colonel Glen Warden has confirmed that he will be at the airshow in his Mirage III CZ.
"This comes as a great relief for us as the aircraft was going to be unavailable due to it being serviced," De Vries said yesterday.
"Interestingly, the Mirage will take just 16 minutes to fly from Pretoria to Durban," he said.
The Durban Wings Club, hosts of the show, expect more than 100 aircraft to arrive in Durban before Friday evening.
Durban is the new title sponsor of the event and will help take the show to the next level.
Ticket prices have been kept the same as last year for the show - R90 for adults and R40 for senior citizens and children.
Aircraft will be coming from every corner of South Africa and beyond to visit, take part or just to feel the vibe as the annual migration of aviators converge on Virginia Airport.
More than 50 participants at the show are set to wow the spectators at the show and 250000 more who will be watching from the beaches, hotels, restaurants and homes from Umhlanga to downtown Durban.
The Castle Durban Airshow hospitality marquee will be opened from 9am and will show all the rugby games live during the day.
There will also be an after party starting at 5pm in the marquee, featuring live music.
The public has been urged to buy tickets from www.durbanairshow.co.za as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, or go to www.durbanairshow.co.za for all the details.
"The event promises to be a terrific day of entertainment," said De Vries