Singapore Airshow 2020 to continue, leadership summit cancelled amid coronavirus fears

In view of the evolving 2019 novel coronavirus situation, Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) 2020 – which was slated to be held on January 10 – has been cancelled. 

This will allow many of the aviation leaders who are involved in working out the responses to the outbreak to focus on exigencies related to the ongoing situation.

Photo courtesy: Singapore Airshow
Photo courtesy: Singapore Airshow

Meanwhile, the biennial event Singapore Airshow 2020 will proceed as planned from February 11 to 16, organiser Experia Events said in a press statement.

Enhanced precautionary measures will be in place to safeguard the well-being and safety of all attendees at the airshow at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC).

Experia Events noted that current measures called out for at Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) yellow include enhanced cleaning and refuse management. There will also be hand sanitisers made available to attendees, as well as a team of doctors and medics to attend to visitors who are feeling unwell.

Participants enjoying the aerobatic flying display at Singapore Airshow 2020. Photo courtesy: Singapore Airshow 2020
Participants enjoying the aerobatic flying display at Singapore Airshow 2020. Photo courtesy: Singapore Airshow 2020

In addition to these, Experia Events will implement additional temperature screening at access points at Singapore Expo and CEC.

“The health and well-being of our attendees is of the utmost priority," said Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events. "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 are 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 event.

Photo courtesy: Singapore Airshow 2020
Photo courtesy: Singapore Airshow 2020

"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 Leck.

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