As international containment efforts to halt the spread of the Covid19 Coronavirus continue, two major aviation industry events have joined many similar shows in being either cancelled or delayed.
The annual World ATM Congress, which was to have taken place in Madrid from March 10-12, was cancelled on March 4, and the Passenger Terminal Expo event, originally set for March 31 – April 2, has been rescheduled for June.
World ATM Congress
A statement from the ATM Congress, posted on its website, said:
“Exhibitors, presenters, and attendees, thank you for your continued support and patience as we have worked through the last few weeks. As you know, we have been in lockstep communication with the Spanish health authorities, IFEMA, the city of Madrid, and our exhibitors, vendors, and attendees.
“At this time [March 4], due to the inordinate amount of travel restrictions, imposed on exhibitors and attendees at both national and organisational levels, we have decided to cancel World ATM Congress 2020. We feel this cancellation is in line with guidance from the World Health Organization and is in the best interest of public health and the safety of our participants. We apologize for the inconvenience this decision causes.
“We did not arrive at this outcome lightly. From the beginning of World ATM Congress eight years ago, we envisioned an event by the industry for the industry. In light of this worldwide epidemic, we believe cancellation benefits our industry more than holding the event would. As managers of the world’s largest air traffic management (ATM) exposition, we too are members of the aviation industry, a community of front-line users, technology developers, academics, and government officials, as well as passengers ourselves, all committed to a 365/24/7 operation. World ATM Congress is an integral piece of the global airspace ecosystem and provides the most valuable venue in the world for advancing our industry. It is with heavy hearts that we make this announcement, but we know you will all understand.
“To our exhibitors, sponsors, and presenters, we kindly ask for your patience as we develop and announce next steps. We will be in contact with each of you in the coming days and weeks. Until then, our sympathies are with those affected by COVID-19 and our gratitude with those who continue to maintain aviation as the lifeblood of our global economy and the world’s safest form of transportation.”
Passenger Terminal Expo
PTE organiser, UKi Media and Events, posted a message from its founder, Tony Robinson, which said:
“Prior to the announcement by the French Government to limit public gatherings to 5,000 people, we were already well underway in looking at revising the dates for this year’s Passenger Terminal EXPO.
“June became our preferred window and with thanks to the Porte de Versailles venue we have had the amazingly good luck to be able to secure the exact same facilities to run the event on June 9/10/11 2020. The facility is brand new, super quality and with purpose-built conference facilities adjoining the Exhibition Hall. The layout enables easy movement between conference rooms so delegates can quickly switch streams and at the same time enjoy all the advantages of the incredible exhibition with over 300 exhibitors.
“The date revision will give us new opportunities for participants to enjoy the summer weather in Paris which will be far better than the normal dull skies and fairly cold weather normal to late March. We are in fact now planning some extra opportunities including an al fresco dinner either at the venue or nearby. More on that shortly!
“Meanwhile thank you to all of our exhibitors, speakers and delegates who have been fantastically supportive in recognising the importance of the date change.”