Singapore Airshow to go ahead with extra measures against coronavirus
Event set to go ahead but numbers expected to be reduced due to employee travel bans
The biennial Singapore Airshow 2020 is to go ahead as planned, with additional safety measures announced by organisers Experia Events.
The event takes place next week, February 11–16 2020, at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) but with enhanced precautionary measures to safeguard attendees’ wellbeing and safety with regards to the evolving coronavirus situation.
Enhanced cleaning and refuse management will be carried out to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, hand sanitisers will be available to attendees and a team of doctors and medics will be on hand to attend to visitors who are feeling unwell. Experia Events will also implement additional temperature screening at access points at Singapore Expo and CEC.
Employee travel bans will reduce numbers
Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events said: “The health and wellbeing of our attendees is of the utmost priority. Alongside these additional measures, we will also continue to take reference from guidelines provided by the authorities such as Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH).”
Singapore’s recent travel restrictions and company policies on employee travel bans during this period is expected to reduce the number of exhibitors and visitors. Ten exhibitors from China and another six exhibitors from four countries have confirmed non-participation in Singapore Airshow 2020.
South Korea's air force has confirmed that its Black Eagles aerobatic team will not be participating at the Singapore Airshow 2020, as part of the Koreans’ broader precautions against the novel coronavirus situation.
“In the coming week, we are focused on delivering the show while ensuring the overall safety of our attendees. During this period, we will continue to work with the relevant authorities and do our utmost to offer support to our exhibitors, partners and visitors who require assistance.” added Mr Leck.
Leadership Summit will not take place
The Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) 2020, a component of the Airshow programme involving 300 aviation leaders, comprising government officials, civil aviation authorities, airport operators and airline executives, will not take place this year. This will allow many of the aviation leaders who are deeply involved in working out the responses to the novel coronavirus outbreak to focus on exigencies related to the ongoing situation.
Experia Events remains ready and prepared to implement further enhanced measures as required by the authorities and will be providing further periodic updates leading up to the Singapore Airshow 2020.