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Great Yorkshire AirFest cancelled amid post-Shoreham crash regulations

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Image caption The Great Yorkshire AirFest was due to feature a flyby by a Spitfire

An air show in North Yorkshire has been cancelled amid rising costs following the Shoreham disaster last summer.

The Great Yorkshire AirFest was due to take place at Church Fenton near York on the weekend of 2 and 3 July.

Organisers have decided to cancel the event after "a particularly challenging year for the air show community".

In April, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) unveiled new measures, including higher air show charges after last August's crash, which killed 11 people.

These measures saw Hawker Hunter jets grounded, ex-military jets restricted to fly-pasts over land and air shows subject to enhanced risk assessments.

The CAA also increased its air show charges from 1 April - by up to £2,695 for larger displays - to fund the measures.

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Image caption New regulations were introduced after 11 people died when a vintage jet crashed in Sussex

This year's show in Yorkshire was due to feature fly-bys by aircraft including Spitfire and a 1940s US Mustang fighter.

However, organisers said "a combination of factors" had led them to "take the difficult decision to cancel the event".

These include increased fees following the new CAA regulations, heavy investment required to support the show's infrastructure and slow ticket sales.

A spokesman said: "We are incredibly disappointed.

"At all times, our priority has been to host a safe and entertaining show for all visitors.

"Despite the great efforts and hard work from all the AirFest team, running a viable event for 2016 will be incredibly difficult."

All those who bought tickets would be refunded in full.

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