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AERO Gatineau-Ottawa

FAQS

Here are a few tips to help make your airshow experience a safe and pleasant one!

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Gate opening hours are subject to change – buyers will be notified by email prior to the event.

Preliminary Weekend Schedule

FRIDAY, September 6 – Night Show
GhostWriter, Drones and +++
Gates open: 5 pm
Air show: 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm (approx.)
Gates close: 9 pm
(Tentative schedule)

Saturday – September 7 & Sunday – September 8, 2024
Thunderbirds, Red Arrows, Snowbirds, CF-18 and +++
Gates open: 10 am
Static display (ground show): 10 am to 5 pm
Air show: Noon to 5 pm (approx.)
Gates close: 5 pm

All acts are subject to change in time or order based on operational circumstances and weather.

The airshow is at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport located on Highway 50, approximately 20 kms east of downtown Ottawa, and a 90 minutes drive from Montreal. On arrival exit Highway 50 at Blvd de l’Aéroport, Exit 154. GPS; 1717, rue Arthur-Fecteau, Gatineau, QC J8R 2Z9

Follow instructions from police and volunteers.

A range of tickets are available from single day passes to Photo Pit and Flightline Club.

Tickets are only be available online. There will be no ticket booth at the event. Click here to buy your tickets!

Some food vendors accept cash only, bring some! Subscribe to our newsletter for all the details.

You can read our purchasing policy here!

Yes! We’re working with OC Transpo, STO and private carriers to find solutions to make the airport more accessible. You can visit the STO’s planibus site to see the possibilities, but next summer’s schedule is not yet available. We have a shuttle running along Airport Boulevard to take people arriving by STO bus. More details will be available as the event approaches.

Come by bike! Self-service bike racks are available to the public. The Airport is located 1.5 km from the Québec Route verte!

Leave early and prepare to be patient. The airshow is at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport located on Highway 50 approximately 20kms east of downtown Ottawa, and a 90 minutes drive from Montreal. On arrival exit Highway 50 at Blvd de Aéroport, Exit 154. (GPS; 1717 Rue Arthur-Fecteau, Gatineau, QC J8R 2Z9).

Parking is free and is available in parking lots east and west of the airport. (**Plan to arrive early!) Police and volunteers will direct you to the lots. Shuttle buses will run between the parking areas and the Airshow Main gates
Remember where you have parked for the return bus ride!

Premium parking : New this year! An extremely limited number of Premium parking passes will go on sale this year, giving you access to parking on the outskirts of the airport.

Parking for disabled permit holders and Drop-Off is available in front of the airport terminal.

CARPOOLING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Yes, look under Premium Parking on the ticketing page. You’ll see the “Parking for oversized vehicles (RVs only)” option. Space is limited.

Yes, as in any air show, it is possible that for reasons of mechanical failure or other unforeseen operational circumstances, aircraft cannot participate in the event and must withdraw from the program at any time. The military teams that take part in the event are demonstration teams. They should not be deployed in military operations unless there is a very special situation. No refunds will be given in such a situation.

An air show can generally take place rain or shine. In case of rain, some acts may be adapted and the show program may be modified for the safety of all. There is no refund in case of rain, unless the organizer cancels the event.

You can read our purchasing policy here!

You bought several tickets and the same name appears on all of them? Don’t worry. Can’t make it and want to transfer your ticket to someone else? You can do that. Your tickets (QR code) are valid for one entry to the event, according to the date chosen. If you have a multi-day ticket, it is not transferable after first use, the same ticket will be scanned every day, and valid for one entry each day. The verification will be done at the ticket type level. For example, a child’s ticket (5 to 12 years old) must be used by a child. The same goes for a veteran ticket which must be used by a veteran. Tickets will be honoured regardless of the name of the person using them.

There are no ATMs on site. Some merchants and food concessions accept credit/debit cards, but not all, so make sure you have cash on you if you plan to buy food or items from our exhibitors. No tickets are sold at the airport; all access must be purchased online.

Yes, the Outaouais region offers a wide choice of hotels, campgrounds, cottages, condos, inns, bed & breakfasts and other forms of accommodation for your stay during Aéro Gatineau-Ottawa.

Discover the possibilities here!

Packages including accommodation and access to Aero Gatineau-Ottawa are available here! (Packages will be available starting March 28 at 10:30 am)

The Aero Gatineau-Ottawa team will ensure that the Quebec government’s recommendations regarding Public Health are implemented. Participants will have to comply with any regulations introduced at the time of the show. In the event that a participant cannot present or demonstrate that he/she is following the rules in place, no refund will be made.

Any person who does not respect the rules, guidelines and sanitary standards will be required to leave the premises without refund. They may be held responsible for any loss or damage resulting from this.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes as the air show grounds are expansive, and you will be partly on grass.
  • Weather is always uncertain. Come adequately prepared for a day in the open air. If sunny, don’t forget to bring sunscreen or a hat to protect yourself. Small umbrellas are allowed.
  • Drink water to prevent dehydration. **Bring your own bottle, as water refilling stations will be available onsite this year
  • If you are noise sensitive or have children that may be noise sensitive, please consider bringing noise blocking aids (ear plugs, headsets, etc).
  • Please pick up any loose garbage you find and deposit it in the nearest garbage container as loose garbage could get sucked up into aircraft engines.
  • Air show security reserves the right to hand-search all backpacks and bags.
  • It is summer in Quebec – this means you should take precautions for potential high heat and humidity. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, a hat and drink plenty of water. On a hot day, your body will lose more water than is required to just satisfy your thirst. If the heat starts to cause concern, be sure to seek medical attention right away!

    Please – for safety and courtesy there is NO SMOKING OR VAPING anywhere on the Air Show grounds. If you do light up anywhere, you will be asked to extinguish and dispose of your cigarette. You also may be asked to leave if smoking on the grounds.

    Yes! We have a wide variety of food vendors and new this year, we’ll have a bar offering local products! The list of vendors will be available here closer to the event.

    Outside food and drinks are permitted. However, coolers are prohibited except for small coolers carrying life saving medicines or formula bottles for young infants. A variety of food and drink options will be available for purchase from air show vendors and new this year, we’ll have a bar offering local products!

    You are prohibited from bringing your own alcoholic drinks.

    The following items are prohibited: coolers, tents, bicycles, roller blades, ladders, large umbrellas, glass or styrofoam containers, drones. For safety and logistic reasons no outside chairs are allowed in the Flightline Club.

    The following items are permitted: chairs, strollers, cameras, blankets, small umbrellas, small softshell coolers(lunch size).

    Pets are NOT allowed. For safety reasons for both the pet and people on-site at the Show, no pets will be permitted on the Air Show grounds with the exception of certified service animals.

    There will be no fly in this year due to construction at the Gatineau airport.

    We are offering a discounted ticket for our serving and retired military.
    Active Military & Veterans must present valid government issued ID.

    There will be a designated area for people with limited mobility along the crowd line. Chairs will not be provided, please bring your own. Parking for disabled parking permit holders and Drop-Off is available in front of the airport terminal building.