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Coronavirus Effects: No Show at Singapore Airshow

This year, Asia's Aerospace and Defense Exhibition – Singapore Airshow – has been scheduled from 11th to 14th February for trade visitors and professionals at Changi Exhibition Centre. But, because of the increasing fears related to coronavirus spread, 70 companies had pulled out the show. Also, it is witnessing reduced crowds and exhibitors.
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Amidst the fear of Coronavirus, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan inaugurated the Singapore Airshow on Sunday. But, the event witnessed reduced crowds and exhibitors on the inaugural day. Singapore has 45 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Monday and some of these victims didn’t visit China. Also, it has largest number of infections outside China.

Source: Facebook Page of Official Singapore Airshow

Last week, about 16 companies had pulled out the show but on now the number has jumped to 70 because of the coronavirus fears. The list includes defense firms Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Co, plane manufacturer De Havilland, Gulfstream, Bombardier, Textron Aviation, Viking Air, Honeywell Aerospace, and CAE Inc. etc.

As of now, about 8% of total participating companies including 12 Chinese companies have withdrawn from exhibiting which were initially slated to attend. Plus, many companies have tightened the policies on travel for non-essential staff amidst the outbreak.

Asia's Biggest Aerospace and Defense Exhibition – Singapore Airshow – this year has been scheduled from 11th to 14th February for trade visitors and professionals at Changi Exhibition Centre. In the last few years, this airshow had become an easier networking platform for aviation community, companies showcase their latest technologies, developments and solutions.

According to the advisory published on the website of Singapore Airshow, the volume of the public day tickets is scaled down for the safety of all attendees. Plus, it has listed the conditions to confirm for visitors before they attend the event. The organizers also have taken some precautionary measures such as maintenance of hygiene and cleanliness, temperature screening, and deployment of healthcare specialists etc. It has also promoted the “No-contact” policy that encourages visitors to greet each other by bowing or waving instead of hand shake.

For the 2020 show, the organizers estimated 55,000 visitors to attend. Due to the escalating virus situation, the estimates were brought down to 45,000 trade attendees and approximately 930 participating companies, as per the statements by the organizer. Some of the top companies that remained affected by the virus fears and participated at the show include ATR, Boeing, Israel Aerospace Industries, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Thales, Pratt & Whitney, and Singapore’s own ST Engineering.

Neha Mule

Neha writes articles on sectors including medicine, food, materials, and science & technology. A qualified statistician, she has the ability to observe and analyze the trends in global markets and write compelling articles that help CXOs in decision making. She is a bookworm and loves to read fiction, lifestyle, science and technology. Neha comes with 6 years of experience in content writing and editing that involves blog writing, preparation of study materials and OERs.

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