Farnborough International Airshow is one of the largest aerospace trade shows in the world. On their 2018 edition, this biannual gathering brought 80,000 visitors in, with 1,500+ exhibitors and a staggering 196 billion US dollars in deals closed during the show.
This year’s edition promised to be a record-breaking one in terms of visitors and deals, but the organizers have decided to cancel the event due to the current COVID-19 emergency.
You can access Farnborough International Airshow website here.
Here is the press release from FIA 2020:
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.
Another great international trade show bites the dust due to the current world sanitary emergency. Cancelling this trade show not only makes sense from a health prevention point of view, but also from an economic one: the commercial air travel industry is in dire straits and I can’t see any airline buying new planes for the foreseeable future (and what will happen with all those B737-MAX!?), and on the defense side of the business I can’t see many governments either putting much money in helicopters in a moment of other more urgent needs.
It is a pity though, as this year I had planned to visit the show for the first time and cover it for the blog, but there will be other times to do it.