After a two-year hiatus the organisers of the award-winning and hugely popular Bray Air Display have announced it will make a welcome return this summer.

The world-famous Red Arrows are also set to give a display to mark the event's return.

It has also been confirmed that for the first time in Irish skies the RAF Battle of Britain memorial flight of an iconic Lancaster World War Two bomber and fighter planes will fly over Bray for the display.

Crowds of up to 100,000 are expected to flock to the Bray seafront for the event on Sunday 24 July.

The free, family event is one of the most popular air shows in Europe and Ireland’s biggest air festival.

This year’s event will see the Bray Air Display team up with the Irish Air Corps who are celebrating 100 years of Irish military aviation.

It also marks a symbolic return to the skies for the aviation community, with the announcement being made during a "fly in" of pilots and their private planes that kept their skills sharp while airliners were effectively grounded across the globe during the height of the pandemic.

Bray Air Display Director Sé Pardy said: "We are delighted to announce that the 15th Bray Air Display will be back this summer. The 2022 event will be bigger and better than ever - we are thrilled that the masters of the sky, the Red Arrows will be back with us again this year. They always put on a spectacular display so this summer’s event really will be one to look forward to."

General Officer Commanding Air Corps Brigadier General Rory O'Connor added: "The Irish Air Corps have always enjoyed displaying for the public at the Bray Air Display, however this year will be extra special as we celebrate our centenary. We are announcing the return of the Silver Swallows (our PC9M Display team) and several other exciting Air Corps displays.

"We are also really excited to welcome the RAFs Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to Irish skies. Seeing the iconic and historic Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane fly in formation will be very special and unique. The fact that the Irish Air Corps flew both Hurricanes and Spitfires in the past is a fitting tribute to all those who served in the Air Corps throughout the last century."

The line-up will also include regular Bray visitors, the Royal Jordanian Falcons and the M-346 Leonardo jet, among many others.

Sé Pardy said: "We know that so many have missed the event over the past two years; suffice to say Bray Air Display will not disappoint this July. We’re very excited about the calibre of acts we will have this year and look forward to announcing more acts over the coming months."

More details on the airshow line-up, ground events and activities at this year’s Bray Air Display will be released in the coming weeks.