In an attempt to maximise the chances of going ahead, Wings over Illawarra (WOI) organisers Bright Events today postponed the event by two weeks.
Originally slated for 13-14 November, WOI has been rescheduled for 27-28 November.
“Over the years we have faced many challenges with the unprecedented wind in 2014; floods forcing the cancellation of 2015; and most recently the 2020 show being postponed due to the pandemic, it is clear COVID-19 is by far our greatest challenge,” said event director Mark Bright.
“With the postponement ... we hope the health risk of the coronavirus pandemic will have been mitigated by high vaccination rates, putting the 2021 Wings Over Illawarra Airshow in the best position for success.
“The bottom line is that the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, attendees, exhibitors, stallholders and participants is paramount and by pushing the dates back, it is hoped that restrictions will ease, and that people will be eager to emerge from lockdown and experience the excitement of a world class airshow to lift spirits."
The NSW government estimates that the state will reach the 70% vaccination mark in late October, which will likely need to be met before large public events such as WOI will be permitted.