The Farnborough International Airshow 2020, due to take place in July, is cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
“It is with great regret that we announce the Farnborough International Airshow 2020, due to take place in July, is cancelled”, said a statement announcing the cancellation.
The Farnborough International Airshow is a trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries, where civilian and military aircraft are demonstrated to potential customers and investors. The Airshow is the second-largest show of its kind after the Paris Air Show.
The event is held in mid-July in even-numbered years at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Since its first show in 1948, Farnborough has seen the debut of many famous planes, including the Vickers VC10, Concorde, the Eurofighter, the Airbus A380, and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. At the 1958 show, the RAF’s Black Arrows executed a 22-plane formation loop, setting a world record.
This year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT 2020), due to take place from 17 to 19 July, was also cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. RIAT is the world’s largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
Full statement on Farnborough International Airshow 2020 cancellation
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.