Wuhan coronavirus claims another aviation event
The spreading Wuhan coronavirus, now renamed COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has claimed another aviation event. Informa Markets, which owns the Routes franchise, announced that “after careful consideration and consultation with our hosts, Airports of Thailand, it is with regret that we announce that Routes Asia, originally scheduled for 8-10 March 2020 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, will now be postponed. This is in line with the efforts by the local authorities, particularly in China, to control and limit the spread of this infectious disease”, according to a statement.
Steven Small, director of events for Routes, said: “We continue to remain in constant communication with our hosts, Airports of Thailand and their key stakeholders, and, after much discussion and consideration, in light of the constantly evolving situation, we have taken the difficult decision to reschedule the event. This is unprecedented in the history of Routes events and we have not taken the decision lightly, the safety of our customers and staff is always our top priority.”
The event will be postponed to 7-9 June 2020.