On Sunday 19th April 2016, Bristol Airport Spotting took a trip down to London Gatwick Airport to visit the Gatwick Aviation Fair held in a leisure centre a few miles from the airport, the fair is one of the largest aviation fairs in Europe and includes exhibitors from across the UK and Europe selling aviation models, DVDs, books, clothing, photos, postcards, memorabilia, magazines – pretty much anything to do with aviation.
The idea of the visit to the fair was to build some more interest in the upcoming aviation fair at Bristol Airport, we managed to speak with a few of the exhibitors who were very interested in visiting or exhibiting at the fair in September 2016 and so we are now working with them to hopefully get even more exhibitors to this years fair. It also allowed us to view another fair to get some potential ideas for change and improvement.
The Gatwick fair was very large and attracts alot of stalls and visitors, being located in the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley there was plenty of room for everyone, unfortunately we do not have that amount of space for the Bristol Aviation fair but with this years fair being on 2 levels we will try our best to make the event bigger and better than previous years.
The Gatwick aviation fair has been running for 27 years and I would like to say a massive congratulations to the organisers for keeping going and organising a great event.
Some photos from the Gatwick fair:-