09 March 2023
Government support for Jersey’s air display is to be reset, with the aim of linking financial
contributions and officer support to Government’s longer-term ambitions.
In past years, grant funding has supported air displays without there being an assessment of
whether the event aligns with the Government’s economic and environmental aims. Now, six
criteria have been identified, which any future application for Government support will be
All prospective event organisers, including the incumbent, are invited to submit expressions
of interest for organising an air display event. Proposals will be assessed against the
- Safety – is above all else both in the air and on the ground. Government is not just
seeking compliance but evidence of how any future event would go above and beyond
legal safety requirements.
- Strategic partnerships – how respondents will optimise and manage stakeholder
relationships and provide evidence of previous success.
- Narrative – a high-level narrative of Jersey’s history, present, and future that could shape
the physical elements of any event.
- Economic impact – how will the event, both in the air and on the ground, support Jersey’s
visitor and hospitality industries + what new initiatives could invigorate positive economic
impact, and how will economic impact be measured.
- Environmental impact – how environmental impact would be measured and what steps
could be taken as mitigations.
- Inclusion – how any event would attract new visitors and renew interest in the event
The deadline for expressions of interest will be in April. Government grant funding could
apply for either 2023 or 2024, according to the time requirements of any event.
The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Deputy Kirsten Morel,
said: “I know air displays hold a special place in the hearts of many Islanders, but it’s
important to ensure Government funding continues to represent value for money for Island
“We are not tied to one event format, and we would welcome proposals that are imaginative
and innovative. This could be a traditional air display or an event that showcases new
technologies and opportunities such as air races, drone displays, or other aerobatic activity.
Static displays, which have all but dried up, could also be revitalised, giving a boost to traders
and giving people an opportunity to see more.”
While economic and environmental criteria are important, a safe and well-managed event
remains the priority.
“Recent tragedies at air events outside Jersey underline that we need to keep safety, and
respect for the air regulator, at the centre of everything,” Deputy Morel said. “I am also aware
of concerns around the environmental impact of air displays, both in the air and on the
“We are inviting people and organisations who have strong, demonstrable experience as air
event organisers to come forward. It may be that the current organisers apply and are
successful, but if we don’t look at what possibilities are available then we won’t know. What I
do know is that we have an opportunity to ensure a much-loved event becomes aligned to
Government ambitions in order to get Government support.”