Spectators watch the air show from the shore during the 2019 event. / SALVADOR SALAS

The 'best air festival in Spain' returns to the skies above the coast this weekend

The Torre del Mar display, on the Costa del Sol, was cancelled last year, because of the coronavirus pandemic

Eugenio Cabezas
EUGENIO CABEZAS

One of the most anticipated and popular events on the Costa del Sol will make a return to the skies this weekend, after it was cancelled last year because of the Covid-19 crisis.

On 10, 11 and 12 the Air Festival will return to the skies above the Torre del Mar beach, and the wait will have been worth it with around 35 aircraft taking part in the flying displays.

The aerobatic display teams Aspa and Águila will feature and a Spanish military Eurofighter jet, will also be taking to the Axarquía skies from Friday onwards. In addition, on Sunday, the big day, there will be Guardia Civil and National Police force exhibitions.

The director of the Festival, Pablo González, has said that this year’s event will include “many novelties”, noting that there will be “nine participants that have never been to Torre del Mar and others that have never been seen anywhere.”

"We have pilots who are truly world elite, members of teams like Red Bull, such as Juan Velarde or Cástor Fantoba, who will soon be World Champion if all goes well," he added.

González has confirmed that this year the Aspa team, "the only and best helicopter display team in Europe", will fly at the event again.

In terms of the programme, all the training sessions will take place on Friday, from 9am to 6pm; Saturday will be free for the pilots to rest and Sunday will be the festival itself, starting from 10.30am and running until 3.15pm.

A free shuttle bus will be made available from the El Ingenio shopping centre to Torre del Mar.

The deputy mayor of Torre del Mar, Jesús Pérez Atencia, described the air festival as "the best in Spain at the moment" and reminded that, after last year’s cancellation because of the pandemic, “we resume this year with the utmost respect for the health safety measures and in order to contribute to the reactivation of the local economy.”

Atencia said, "We have been a national benchmark in the fight against the pandemic, and that is why we believe that this is the ideal time recover one of the events that has given us the most," pointing out that "The best place to watch this show is on the beach, precisely the place where we have placed the greatest emphasis on health security measures."

At the weekend, the beaches will be sub-divided to control the numbers and "measures must be respected in the same way that has been done in recent months, in order that we all can enjoy a safe environment," he pointed out.