A meeting of international aviation officials due to be held in Singapore on the eve of Asia’s largest annual aerospace event has been cancelled because of fears over the coronavirus outbreak, participants said, raising doubts that the broader event will go ahead.
The UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and three industry sources confirmed on Monday that the February 10 Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit had been abandoned, stated a Reuters report.
The news adds to a series of pullouts by companies from the main Singapore Airshow, which is scheduled to begin on February 11, under the shadow of the fast-spreading virus.
Experia Events, the organisers, said on Monday the broader show would go ahead, albeit with reduced attendance due to travel restrictions. Organisers of both the show and the summit could not immediately be reached for comment after an ICAO spokesman confirmed the summit cancellation.
According to the latest statement released by Experia Events, “Singapore’s recent travel restrictions and company policies on employee travel bans during this period is expected to reduce the number of exhibitors and visitors. Ten exhibitors from China have confirmed non- participation in Singapore Airshow 2020, due to the Ministry of Health’s additional precautionary measures announced on 31 January 2020. Gulfstream and Textron Aviation have also confirmed withdrawal from Singapore Airshow 2020.”
List of Companies That Have Withdrawn from the Airshow (as of 3rd February 2020):
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