Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Canadian International Air Show?

The Canadian International Air Show takes places during the Canadian Labour Day weekend annually. In 2014, the CIAS will be held on Saturday, August 30th, Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st. The start time for the show is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. with the show ending at approximately 4:30 P.M. each afternoon. There will also be a practice day held on Friday, August 29th, 2014 from approximately 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

Where does the CIAS take place?

The CIAS takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada over Lake Ontario and is best viewed at the southwest waterfront grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), south of the bandshell. Show-centre is located directly in front of our VIP Guest Enclosure and the best viewing locations include the CNE grounds and our VIP Guest Enclosure for which a very limited number of tickets are available for purchase.

Click here for more information on how to score your tickets to the VIP Flight Deck and Fly First Class with the CIAS! For other inquiries, please call 416-263-3653 or email info@cias.org.

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How do I contact the Canadian International Air Show?

Please email info@cias.org or call 416-263-3653 to leave your comments regarding the CIAS.

Click here to go to our Contact Us Page.

How can I volunteer with the CIAS?

The CIAS posts volunteer positions externally on our website as they become open. Please check the Volunteer Page for a list of current positions that you may apply for, in addition to directions for applying.

Please note only successful candidate will be contacted by the CIAS. Click here to visit the Volunteer Page.

How can I get tickets to the Air Show?

Click here to go to our VIP Flight Deck Ticket Page for information on how to Fly First Class with the CIAS!

The CIAS will be selling a limited number of EXCLUSIVE VIP air show packages to our CIAS Insiders – not available to the general public. Click on the link at the top right-hand side of thia page to sign up to our Insider List and e-Newsletter to get the inside scoop about the show! Insiders receive Deep VIP Flight Deck Ticket Discounts and exciting info and offers from our partners!

For information on admission to the CNE, click here.

How do I get to the CIAS/CNE?

The CNE is easily accessible by car from the Gardiner Expressway or Lake Shore Boulevard West. Just follow the signs from either of these roads. Outdoor and underground parking is available for a nominal fee, however is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

*Please be advised that due to construction in the area and limited parking, we strongly encourage all air show fans to take public transit.

Here's how:

  • Via the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC): take the 511 Bathurst Streetcar, the 29 Dufferin Bus
  • Via the Go Train – take the train to the Exhibition Stop which will get you right to the CNE grounds!

For more information, please call the TTC at 416-393-INFO or GO Transit at 416-869-3200.

How much are tickets?

Click here to find out pricing and more information on how you can Fly First Class with the Canadian International Air Show and score tickets to our VIP Flight Deck, not available to the general public.

Can I view the aircraft before or after the show on the ground or is there a static display?

Unfortunately, due to strict security regulations at Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport, no static display is possible for the CIAS at this time.

Who is flying in the air show this year?

Each year, the CIAS hosts a variety of aerial exhibitions. For a detailed list, please click here to visit the Performers' Page. Sign up to become a CIAS Insider and receive the line-up FIRST, emailed directly to your inbox!

*Our performer list is subject-to-change right up to show time. This is due to the dynamic demands on military equipment and personnel around the world, as well as from a safety perspective for our acts. We apologize for any inconvenience this creates, but we must respect that a search and rescue mission, protection of our troops overseas and the safety of our show performers are of the highest priorities.

Will the schedule of acts be available?

YES! The CIAS is excited to announce that the schedule of performers will made available daily, prior to each show, to those CIAS VIPs that have subscribed to the Insider e-Newsletter. Click up at the top right-hand side of this page to become an Insider now!

*Please note that the daily schedule is subject to change.

Is the air show safe?

Safety is of paramount importance at the Canadian International Air Show and we are conscious of concerns with respect to safety and noise. The Canadian International Air Show follows all safety guidelines and regulations as dictated by aviation authorities and holds our performers accountable to the same high safety standards.

We employ aviation industry professionals across our membership including controllers, military representatives and emergency services. Performers and key personnel attend pre-show safety briefings. The CIAS has a strictly professional-run emergency response committee comprised of members of the Toronto Police Services, Fire Services and EMS. The CIAS has a well-developed incident plan which is under constant review by our Emergency Response Committee.

Who regulates noise?

The Canadian International Air Show complies with all regulations, including those published by Transport Canada relating to noise.

Why are some flights noisier than others?

Atmospheric conditions such as clouds and wind can make an aircraft sound louder on different days.

What restrictions, if any, has the air show placed on performers when flying over the city?

Aircraft flying over the city follow all regulations issued by NAV CANADA and are under the control of the CIAS Air Boss. Each flight is instructed as to the direction and height that it may fly according to federal aviation regulations. Aircraft taking off from, or en-route to, Pearson International Airport are under the control of NAV CANADA flight controllers located at Pearson. The CIAS works with its support agencies closely to ensure safety is paramount and that any noise is minimized.

2014 NOTICE TO MARINERS

*The following is a notice sent by the Toronto Port Authority to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) NOTSHIP desk.

A published NOTSHIP will be forthcoming from CCG prior to start of the event, no later than Practice Day, 29-August-2014. Visit the Toronto Port Authority website for the most up-to- date information.

www.torontoport.com

Canadia International Air Show – 2014 Feedback Policy (Official Statement)

The 2014 Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) is the culminating event of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and is held annually in accordance with all Canadian air regulations. This year the show will take place on Saturday, August 30th, Sunday, August 31st and Monday September 1st from 1:00 PM to 4:30 P.M. with rehearsals on Friday, August 29th from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. (intermittently to allow for commercial airline traffic). The 2014 air show will celebrate a diverse showing of aircraft and the 65th Anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show.

Like all annual festivals and events such as auto races, walks, marathons, bicycle rides for charity and the like, the air show may be of more interest to some citizens and visitors than to others and thus, may be seen as disruptive by some while being anticipated and enjoyed by others. We understand that the noise generated by the rehearsal and the air show may be a concern. The number of jet aircraft displays which generate more noise has been reduced this year and all aircraft will arrive and leave the display area using flight paths determined by regulatory bodies to be least disruptive to the City of Toronto while keeping safety paramount. All noise reduction protocols and rules will be strictly adhered to at all times.

We need to emphasize that this once-a-year signature event attracts thousands of tourists from throughout Ontario and the U.S. border states and contributes significantly to the Toronto economy. While we understand that some people living in the neighbourhoods close to the CNE may find some of the aircraft loud, we ask you to consider the benefits of the Canadian International Air Show to its fans and to the City of Toronto. It remains one of the city's major annual attractions, and it is an important business generator for the local economy that literally hundreds of thousands of spectators around southern Ontario and beyond continue to enjoy. To provide your comments or feedback, please call (416)-263-3653 or email info@cias.org.