Excitement builds for Pacific Airshow Gold Coast as sister event wows crowds in the USA

Earlier this year the Gold Coast announced that one of the world’s largest and most spectacular air shows would be hosted in the city from August 2023, recently its sister event in Huntington Beach showed exactly why Australians should be getting excited.

With millions of people in attendance over the event’s three-days, the 2022 Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach didn’t disappoint, providing an incomparable spectacle in the sky with heart-pumping aerobic displays and awe-inspiring aviation feats.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said the event was everything she had expected it would be, and much more.

“The sheer scale of the Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach is something most of us would never have experienced before and knowing that we’ll be bringing this spectacular event to the Gold Coast from 2023 is something we are incredibly excited about,” said Ms McCormick.

“Now that we have seen the reaction of spectators to the airshow at Huntington Beach first hand and witnessed the economic benefits it brings to that local economy, we’re confident this will be a game changer for the Gold Coast and deliver a significant economic boost.”

“Wow. That’s the only way to describe what I witnessed at Huntington Beach,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“This show will blow people’s minds when it takes to the skies over our city in 2023. I applaud Code Four and Major Events Gold Coast for making it happen. The best news for Gold Coasters is – it’s free. See you in August 2023.”

The Pacific Airshow Gold Coast will be the first time the event is held outside the United States and will take off over the skies of Surfers Paradise from 18-20 August 2023.

“Our event here in Huntington Beach continues to draw more fans every year and we believe it will be the same when we head to the Gold Coast – big the first year and then bigger again, year on year,” said Kevin Elliott, Pacific Airshow Executive Director. “It’s going to be like nothing the Gold Coast has ever seen before.”

While visitors will be able to watch the spectacle from Surfers Paradise beach for free, tickets will be on sale later this year for premium seating and corporate hospitality areas at the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast. To find out more visit the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast website.

The Gold Coast looks skywards to secure major international event

In a huge coup for the Gold Coast, Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC) with the support of the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, has secured one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular airshows.

Renowned for its heart-pumping aerobic displays, awe-inspiring aviation feats, huge crowds and dazzling party atmosphere, Pacific Airshow is the biggest event of its kind in the US.

The inaugural sister event – Pacific Airshow Gold Coast – will launch over Surfers Paradise beach in August 2023.

It marks the start of a five-year partnership that will see this globally popular event take off on the Gold Coast every year until at least 2027, injecting a significant boost into the local economy.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said securing a major international event of this calibre was a game changer for the Gold Coast.

MEGC CEO Jan McCormick:

MEGC was created in July 2020 to build a portfolio of major world-class events and attracting the Pacific Airshow is everything we have been working towards. The Gold Coast, and indeed Australia, has never seen an airshow of this scale before.

The event helps cement our city’s reputation as a world-class events destination with capacity to host the biggest events and shows on the planet.

Forget what you think you know about airshows – Pacific Airshow Gold Coast will completely redefine the experience, with an amazing family-focused entertainment and lifestyle festival over three days.

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast

Pacific Airshow is the brainchild of leading US events company Code Four which is planning to transform the sky over iconic Surfers Paradise into Australia’s biggest stage, with high-flying performances by elite military aviators and the best civilian performers from around the world.

Code Four CEO Kevin Elliott:

We looked around the globe to find the best venue to recreate the Pacific Airshow experience and we couldn't go past the Gold Coast. The destination is ideal with its long coastline, great climate, world-class hospitality and accommodation.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the Pacific Airshow will put the city on the map as a global player on the events stage.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate:

This is the kind of event people will travel far and wide to experience, attracting not just aviation enthusiasts and families from across Queensland and Australia, but international visitors as well.

Today’s exciting announcement follows more than two years of negotiation and meticulous planning, all while navigating a global pandemic and multiple time zones.

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast is supported by Major Events Gold Coast and the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and will feature on the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar.

Watch the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast video to see what everyone’s talking about.

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast will soar across our skies in August 2023. Look out for more details landing soon on the Pacific Airshow website.