After some initial back and forth in September when the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai was cancelled and then un-cancelled, the show’s organisers on Tuesday (13 October) officially announced that the 2020 airshow would be cancelled.
“The global situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is still developing rapidly. After careful consideration regarding the health of our guests and exhibitors, safety of travel and the quality of the exhibition, we regret to announce that the 13th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition…originally scheduled to be held from November 10th to 15th, 2020, at Zhuhai International Airshow Center, will be postponed until further notice” the organisers said. “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the postponement, and sincerely hope to work with all sides in defeating the COVID-19 outbreak. With joint efforts, we have full confidence to expect the 13th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition to take place soon.”
Other airshows and conferences around the world have been cancelled or moved online. Britain’s Farnborough Airshow was cancelled because of travel curbs and an industry downturn resulting from the pandemic. The Singapore Airshow was one of the few to go ahead and that was because it was held in February just when the COVID-19 pandemic was gathering steam. Even so, dozens of exhibitors from around the world cancelled their appearances in Singapore as a precaution.