The Farnborough International Airshow 2020 due to take place in July has now been cancelled because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The airshow is one of the biggest trade events in the world and is held bi-annually alternating with the Paris Air Fair.
The organisers said in a statement: “After very careful consideration, the unprecedented impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic has forced this decision in the interests of the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff.
“This decision was reached taking into consideration several major factors surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, all of which we have concluded, make it is impossible for us to create and host the Airshow this July.
“We understand this news will be an incredible disappointment to all across the international aerospace industry, not to mention our important exhibitors, suppliers and visitors. We at Farnborough International share your disappointment that we are unable to present the Airshow as planned, but rest assured, we are determined to continue to work together and will ensure the Farnborough International Airshow returns in 2022 better than ever.”
The announcement comes as Europe’s biggest military airshow, the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford was also cancelled.
Other airshows including the Yeovilton Air Day and Wales National Airshow are under review but many also expect this to be cancelled as Social Distancing measures are likely to still be in force at the times they are due to go ahead.