Saturday, 21 March 2020

Farnborough Airshow axed over coronavirus

The Farnborough Airshow has been axed this year over coronavirus crisis, organisers have confirmed on Friday.

The promoters have also cancelled the world’s largest military air show, Britain’s Royal International Air Tattoo that had been scheduled for July.

These back-to-back air shows draw tens of thousands of visitors from all around the world, including top military advisors and representatives.  The organisers made the decision to axe the show after very careful consideration and the unprecedented impact of the global coronavirus pandemic as it considered the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff.

The cancellations, following the scrapping of Berlin and Geneva shows scheduled for May, are fresh evidence of a slump in business as virus-related travel bans seize up airline balance sheets and divert the attention of participating governments.

As airlines are forced to cope with the ongoing crisis, travel bans and dwindling passenger numbers they are taking drastic action to cut their costs,  including purchasing new aircraft and deferring previous orders. 

It is with great regret that we announce the Farnborough International Airshow 2020, due to take place in July, is cancelled.
After very careful consideration, the unprecedented impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic has forced this decision in the interests of the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff.
This decision was reached taking into consideration several major factors surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, all of which we have concluded, make it is impossible for us to create and host the Airshow this July.
We understand this news will be an incredible disappointment to all across the international aerospace industry, not to mention our important exhibitors, suppliers and visitors. We at Farnborough International share your disappointment that we are unable to present the Airshow as planned , but rest assured, we are determined to continue to work together and will ensure  the Farnborough International Airshow  returns in 2022 better than ever. 
It’s important to us that we speak directly to anyone who may have concerns about the Airshow’s cancellation; however, we are a small team and it may take a few days for us to make contact. We appreciate your patience, these are incredibly difficult times but we are absolutely committed to maintaining strong relationships.

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