Covid-19 pandemic clips Singapore Airshow’s wings

The general public will not be able to attend this year's airshow; the 2016 edition pictured

The biennial Singapore Airshow will still carry on this February from 15-18 at the Changi Exhibition Centre, despite a reduced exhibitor count, strict health controls, as well as no public days.

Compared to 2020, only a third of the exhibitors – around 350 companies – have confirmed their participation, with major industry players such as Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin taking the lead.

The general public will not be able to attend this year’s airshow; the 2016 edition pictured

Noticeably absent are business jet makers Bombardier and Gulfstream, two notable firms which have declined to participate this year, due to the rapidly-evolving Covid-19 situation.

Local attendees will be required to conduct antigen rapid tests (ARTs) daily, while overseas attendees will undergo supervised ARTs. Those that test positive will be required to isolate in their hotel rooms for three to seven days.

A planned pre-show aviation summit for regulators and airline bosses has also been postponed, but organisers believe there is strong line-up of forums and programmes to keep trade visitors busy.

The 2020 Singapore Airshow, held in February 2020, received late cancellations from 70 exhibitors, and trade attendance was about 30,000, down 44 per cent from 2018.

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