Local Community

The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE), the trading arm of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT).

Since it was established in 2005, millions in grants have been handed out to a variety of groups whose projects meet the Trust's objectives.


Last year we spent more than £4 million in Gloucestershire Wiltshire and Oxfordshire setting up the airshow. When accommodation, food, fuel and other sundries are added, it is estimated that millions more is generated in the surrounding counties, with the service and tourism industries receiving the biggest boost.

RIAT provides a number of employment opportunities. The majority of RAFCTE's permanent staff live in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, with a number of team members living in the immediate area. In the run up to the show roughly an additional 30 job opportunities are created on temporary contacts.

Local homeowners turn spare rooms into B&B accommodation while homes with drives 'rent out' private parking spaces.

As in previous years, a limited number of complimentary RIAT tickets are regularly made available to schools, charities and organisations in the area - on a rotational basis - to help them raise money.

As a thank you to local residents for their support, RIAT has a special offer on tickets.  Residents are eligible for two half-price tickets per residential household for either Friday 19th July or Sunday 21st July.

At RIAT, we believe it is important to do as much as possible to minimise the impact of the airshow on people living in our local communities. We are hugely grateful to all the parish, town, district and county council representatives who help us try and achieve this. In particular, we would wish to thank Kempsford Parish Council for its ongoing help and support as we recognise that residents living in the parish are routinely most affected by our activities each year.

Every year we hold face-to-face meetings with local representatives, who, alongside other interested parties, are invited to attend our Local Representatives’ Briefing in May. This event allows us to outline our plan for the forthcoming show and further reinforce the relations we enjoy with our neighbours. In addition to this, we also produce a Residents' Newsletter providing a wide range of information about the year’s airshow as well as contact details in case local residents require assistance during the event.

If you have a community matter relating to the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, or any of its activities, please email communitymatters@rafcte.com.

Offer: Two half-price tickets per residential household for either Friday 19th July or Sunday 21st July 2024.

As a thank you to local residents for all your support, RIAT is offering half-price tickets to the 2024 airshow available for Friday 19th and Sunday 21st July.  Residents living in the local area are being invited to purchase heavily discounted tickets for a limited time.

This offer is up to two tickets per residential household subject to availability.

Once tickets have sold out, this offer will not be available.

Resident offer Prices

  • Friday 19th July - £22.50 instead of £45 per adult
  • Sunday 21st July - £37.50 instead of £75 per adult

Terms & Conditions

  • Available for Friday 29th and/or Sunday 21st July 2024
  • Two tickets per residential household
  • Only one application per residential household in the villages listed
  • Applicants must be 18 and over, under 18s are free with a ticket holding adult
  • Discounted tickets can be purchased by visiting Air Tattoo HQ in person with a household bill or document with name and address and photo ID
  • RIAT HQ is located at Douglas Bader House, Horcott Hill, Fairford, GL7 4RB and is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday (closed Bank Holidays)
  • Tickets are subject to availability
  • Tickets are sold as non-refundable and non-returnable


Tickets are available for those living in the following villages:

  • Fairford
  • Quenington
  • Whelford
  • Kempsford
  • Dunfield
  • Hannington Wick
  • Castle Eaton
  • Water Eaton
  • Lushill
  • Hannington
  • Marston Meysey
  • Down Ampney
  • Latton
  • Meysey Hampton
  • Poulton
  • Ampney St Peter
  • Ampney Crucis
  • Lechlade