The organizers of the biennial Airshow China event in Zhuhai have officially confirmed the show’s cancellation, a month after an initial announcement was hastily retracted.
A notice on the show’s website gave no indication as to when the next show will take place, except to say that the new dates will be announced “separately”.
Organizers cite the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic as a key reason for the show’s postponement: “At present, the global spread [of the coronavirus pandemic] has not been effectively controlled.”
Airshow China, traditionally a major event in China’s aerospace calendar, was to be held November 10-15.
China, where the outbreak was first discovered, has claimed control over the pandemic, and has reopened most of its domestic economy. However, global travel restrictions related to the pandemic mean that international participation will be negligible at best.
Separately, organizers of the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition have announced the cancellation of the 2021 edition of their event, holding it in 2024 instead.
Organizers say the event would clash with the holding of the Tokyo Olympics, which itself was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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