ILA Berlin 2020, also known as Berlin Air Show, has been cancelled due to the spread of Coronavirus in Europe.
The biannual event was due to take place from May 13 to May 17 at ExpoCenter Airport, a facility located at the yet-to-open new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (IATA: BER).
Following the continued spread of the novel Coronavirus (which causes the Covid-19 disease) in Europe, many events and trade fairs have been forced to be cancelled. The ILA’s home district Dahmen-Spreewald (just south of capital Berlin), in the German State of Brandenburg, decided last week to prohibit all events and gatherings with more than 1,000 people in a non-time-limited order.
The previous ILA, in April 2018, attracted more than 180,000 visitors, 1,100 different exhibitors from 41 countries and had 200 aircraft on display, placing ILA Berlin among the largest air shows in the world. Every two years, the trade fair is organised by BDLI – the German Aerospace Industries Association, and Messe Berlin GmbH – the operator of trade fairs in Berlin.
Thum further states that the ongoing Coronavirus crisis is a ‘severe blow’ for the aviation industry.
Earlier this month, ITB 2020 was due to take place in Berlin as one of the world’s largest trade fairs for travel and tourism. It was called off less than a week before opening, also because of Coronavirus fears.
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Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.