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Corona Virus subdues Singapore Airshow

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  • Show takes off on a quieter note

By Suresh Somu

Suresh Somu reporting from Singapore Airshow 2020
Suresh Somu reporting from Singapore Airshow 2020

Singpore. 11 February 2020. This is a classic case of China sneezing and Singapore getting a cold. Singapore Airshow 2020 started on a subdued note under the Corona virus clouds.

Despite a major chunk of exhibitors which means more than 70 of them including US aerospace major Lockheed Martin pulling out of the Airshow due to the fear engulfing the region over the coronavirus outbreak, organisers have ensured that the show must go on. Textron Aviation, Gulfstream, Bombardier, Honeywell, and Collins Aerospace have also retracted their participation which has resulted into a smaller static display.

Deserted corridors courtesy Corona virus
Deserted corridors courtesy Corona virus

Experia Events Managing Director Leck Chet Lam yesterday in a preview told the media the number of companies which have backed out are less than 8% and around 40 to 45 were still expected. A stroll inside the show does show some empty spaces where stands would have been assembled by some of the exhibitors who have pulled out.

No queues at entry
No queues at entry

There are also temperature checks done being on arrival and attendees are being told to avoid hand shakes. A leadership summit for aviation leaders has been cancelled which means top level hand shakes will be lesser than previous shows.

Health Advisory
Health Advisory

Enhanced cleaning and refuse management, providing hand sanitisers to participants, and having a team of doctors or medics to attend to visitors who are feeling unwell, is keeping the confidence of participants strong.

A show which is the Asia Pacific region’s most important has over the years become an important buyer-sellers platform for the aerospace industry and is the showcase of latest technologies, solutions and developments.

Shall keep you all posted.

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