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Air Show Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Canadian International Air Show?
Taking place annually during the Canadian Labour Day weekend, the 2018 Air Show will be held on:

  • Saturday, September 1, 2018 (From 12 pm to approximately 3 pm each afternoon, unless otherwise announced)
  • Sunday, September 2, 2018 (From 12 pm to approximately 3 pm each afternoon, unless otherwise announced)
  • Monday, September 3, 2018 (Labour Day) (From 12 pm to approximately 3 pm each afternoon, unless otherwise announced)

A practice run will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 from approximately 11 am until 2 pm, unless otherwise announced.

Where does the Canadian International Air Show take place?
Soaring over Lake Ontario in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Air Show is best viewed at show-centre located directly in front of our Air Show VIP Zone - making it, truly, the best seats in the city.

How can I volunteer or work at the Canadian International Air Show?
We are currently not adding to our volunteer base. If you are interested in being added to a list for future volunteer opportunities please email either your resume or a description of your experience/interest to info@cias.org.

How can I purchase tickets to the Canadian International Air Show?
Tickets are purchased online only. If you would like to purchase a ticket, click here to visit our tickets page.

For more information on tickets and their availability follow @torontoairshow on Facebook or subscribe to become a CIAS Insider! Insider subscribers get deep discounts, Air Show Partner offers, and are the first to know the inside scoop about the show.

My child is under 4 years old – do I need to purchase them a separate VIP Air Show ticket?
No you do not need to purchase them a separate ticket! Children aged 4 years or younger are granted FREE admission when accompanied by a parent/guardian to the Air Show VIP Zone.

I’d like to inquire about hosting a Corporate Table or my own exclusive chalet –  what should I do?
Corporate Tables & Chalet Hosting:  Email info@cias.org.

Tables and chalet packages enjoy some of the extra goodies we have to offer, like; catered lunch, open beer/wine bar, same-day admission to the CNE, a chance to meet and greet performers and their crew, and of course, your own exclusive area.

How do I get to the Canadian International Air Show VIP Zone?
The Air Show VIP Zone is in Marilyn Bell Park on the lakeshore. We strongly encourage the use of public transit due to ongoing construction and limited paid parking available on and around the CNE grounds. Please choose to wear comfortable walking shoes due to the uneven terrain in the park.

If you already have your ticket you can enter through the CNE grounds using public transit. Here's how:

  • Via the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC): take the 511 Bathurst Streetcar, the 29 Dufferin Bus
  • Via the GO Train – take the train to the Exhibition Stop which will get you right to the CNE grounds!

For more info, please call the TTC at 416-393-INFO or GO Transit at 416-869-3200.

Wheelchair Access for Air Show Ticket Holders

The Air Show VIP Zone site is wheelchair accessible.  Guests can approach the site via Dufferin Street. With notice, those arriving via TTC WheelTrans may be accommodated to enter through the Air Show VIP Zone's North Gate.

Pedestrian Access for Air Show Ticket Holders

If you will be coming from within the CNE GO Transit and/or the TTC exits [approx 15 min walk from inside the CNE grounds]

  1. After your ticket is validated, proceed west (right), passing Kid’s World on your right-hand side.
  2. Stay on route on the right-hand side about 5 minutes until you get to Dufferin Street.
  3. Proceed south on Dufferin (which turns into British Columbia Drive)
  4. Cross at the traffic lights at Lakeshore Boulevard, which will take you into Marilyn Bell Park.
  5. Head left towards the fenced-in, tented area that will have CIAS directional signage.  The most westerly entrance of the fenced-in VIP enclosure is for VIP Experience Flight Deck and Preferred Seating.  The more easterly entrance is for all other VIP Pass holders.

Arriving via the TTC Dufferin Street Bus?

  1. Get off at the Dufferin Loop just north of the CNE Dufferin Gates
  2. Head south on Dufferin Street, passing Medieval Times.
  3. Dufferin Street turns into British Columbia Drive; then follow the directions 4 and 5 as stated above.

Can I view the aircraft before or after the show on the ground? Are there any static displays?
Unfortunately for security reasons the military aircraft are not available for viewing at Pearson International Airport. However if you are interested in viewing the civilian aircraft at Buttonville Airport please email info@cias.org

Who is flying in the Canadian International Air Show this year?
Each year, the CIAS hosts a variety of aerial exhibitions. For a detailed list of performers (updated as they are confirmed) visit our “About the 2018 Air Show” page. 

*Our performer list is subject-to-change right up to show time. This is due to the dynamic demands on our military equipment and personnel around the world, and if safety concerns warrant it. We apologize for any inconvenience this creates, but we must respect that a search and rescue mission, protection of our troops overseas, and the safety of our show performers are of the highest priorities.’

Do you have daily schedules of performers?
Yes! The schedule of performers will be made available daily prior to each show to Insider subscribers.

*Our performer list is subject-to-change right up to show time. This is due to the dynamic demands on our military equipment and personnel around the world, and if safety concerns warrant it. We apologize for any inconvenience this creates, but we must respect that a search and rescue mission, protection of our troops overseas, and the safety of our show performers are of the highest priorities.’

Canadian International Air Show Statement on Safety
Note to editors:  For more information please contact Colleen McCourt, Media Relations Manager, Canadian International Air Show at 705-358-2006 or at colleen@strategyplus.ca

Who Regulates Noise?
The Canadian International Air Show complies with all regulations, including those published by Transport Canada relating to noise.

What restrictions, if any, has the Canadian International Air Show placed on performers when flying over the city?
The CIAS works closely with multiple support agencies to ensure safety is paramount and that any noise is minimized.

Aircraft flying over the city follow all regulations issued by Nav Canada and are under the control of the CIAS Air Boss.

Each flight is instructed as to the direction and height that it may fly according to federal aviation regulations.

Aircraft taking off from, or en route to, Buttonville Airport are under the control of Nav Canada flight controllers located at Buttonville.

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