WORLD class aerobatic team the Red Arrows will be returning to Swansea for the Wales Airshow this summer.

The Red Arrows will be taking to the skies on both days of the free Swansea Council event on Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2.

Officially known as the Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows have performed over 4,700 displays in more than 50 countries across the world since the 1960s.

It’s also been announced that Swansea University will be the Wales Airshow’s main sponsor this year.

Frances Jenkins, Swansea Council’s Strategic Manager for Culture, Tourism, Marketing and Events, said: “It’s great news that the Red Arrows have confirmed that they’ll be taking part in the free Wales Airshow this summer.

“They’re among the most popular and famous aerobatic teams in the world, so it’s testament to the event’s organisation, quality and continuing popularity that they’ll be taking to the skies above Swansea Bay once again in July.

“We’re also delighted that Swansea University is now on board as the Wales Airshow’s main sponsor this year. This will allow the event to link-in with the university’s world-renowned aerospace engineering department, while also opening up a whole raft of new opportunities to make the event more successful than ever before.

“We look forward to working closely with Swansea University to ensure the Wales Airshow 2017 is once again an event to remember for local residents and many thousands of visitors to the city.”

Other aircraft that took part in last year’s Wales Airshow included the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a Russian MiG from the Cold War and the Tigers parachute display team.

Ms Jenkins said: “Keep an eye out for more announcements over coming months as we continue to confirm other exciting additions to the Wales Airshow 2017 programme. The event will once again be a highlight of the fantastic Enjoy Swansea programme of events and activities.”