Airport Show Dubai postponed
The B2B aviation fair will now take place in October
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more and more events, fairs and show organisers are making the decision to move their dates. The latest to make this choice is Airport Show Dubai, announcing it will now take place in the end of October.
According to state news agency WAM, Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Director-General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services, dans, said, "Every industry has come to a standstill due to the unforeseen circumstances we are faced with. Our past experiences of handling crises will help us to bounce back into the aviation business, once the crisis is contained. We shall all play our part in the recovery."
In its 20th edition, the show is projected to attract 375 exhibiting companies, along with 8,500 visitors from 100 different countries. The event showcases the latest developments in aviation technology while giving attendees the opportunity to take part in a range of conferences, programmes and workshops.
Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibitions Director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, said, "Global air transport supports almost $3 trillion in global economic activity, with the world’s airlines carrying more than 4 billion passengers and 60 million tonnes of freight every year. Aviation's contribution during periods of global emergencies such as we are facing today is critical, delivering thousands of tonnes of food, medicines and essential supplies to the worst affected and enabling world leaders and experts to efficiently collaborate and support rehabilitation efforts. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has and will severely affect our industry. However, we are confident that once we are through these challenging times, aviation will once again play its important role in supporting economic recovery efforts around the world."
The B2B aviation event was initially scheduled to take place in June but has been moved to a time the industry is more confident travel restrictions will be lifted. The event is organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
Last year’s show saw 351 exhibitors take part, attracting 7,100 visitors.