Farnborough Airshow, RIAT 2020 called off

British Airways Boeing 747 performing a formation flight with the Red Arrows at RIAT 2019. Photo: © Larissa Guhl

Farnborough International Airshow 2020 and RIAT Air Tattoo 2020 have been called off, making them the latest events to be cancelled amid the Coronavirus crisis.

The two famous British airshows were due to take place in late-July, with RIAT first from July 17 to 19 and Farnborough following from July 20 to 24.

RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) is a visitor-oriented military airshow with a number of flight displays over the three-day period. The event is taking place every year in Gloucestershire at the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) station Fairford.

One British Airways Boeing 747 features a BOAC retro livery. Photo: © Larissa Guhl

Meanwhile, Farnborough Airshow is mostly a commercial trade fair, taking place only every two years. Together with Paris Air Show, it is the largest airshow in the world by economic value and importance for aviation businesses. This year’s edition was due to be the first one without visitors from the public, as the airshow cut away the Saturday and Sunday and wanted to focus on trade visitors, media and students only.

The 2018 Farnborough Airshow saw more than 1,400 orders and commitments for commercial aircraft.

The next RIAT Air Tattoo will now take place in 2021, and the next Farnborough International Airshow in 2022.

Earlier this week, it was also announced that ILA Berlin Air Show, due to take place in May this year, has been cancelled because of Coronavirus.

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