Airport Show 2020, Dubai, is rescheduled to October

The Airport Show 2020, Dubai, has been rescheduled from its original June date to October 26-28, 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). (Reed Exhibitions)

The world’s largest annual airport industry B2B platform has been rescheduled to take place from October 26-28, 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) where it was scheduled earlier for June.

The organiser, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, said the new dates reflect the aviation industry’s confidence of normalcy returning to global markets by then and the lifting of extensive travel restrictions around the world following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event takes place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group. It is also supported by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) and dnata.

His Excellency Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, director general of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) said: “Every industry has come to a standstill due to the unforeseen circumstances we are faced with. Our past experiences of handling crises will help us to bounce back into the aviation business, once the crisis is contained. We shall all play our part in the recovery.”

A statement from the Airport Show said it expects to attract 375 exhibiting companies and over 8,500 visitors from almost 100 countries in October.

Daniyal Qureshi, group exhibitions director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, said: “Global air transport supports almost US$3 trillion in global economic activity, with the world’s airlines carrying more than 4 billion passengers and 60 million tonnes of freight every year. Aviation’s contribution during periods of global emergencies such as we are facing today is critical, delivering thousands of tonnes of food, medicines and essential supplies to the worst affected and enabling world leaders and experts to efficiently collaborate and support rehabilitation efforts. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has and will severely affect our industry. However, we are confident that once we are through these challenging times, aviation will once again play its important role in supporting economic recovery efforts around the world.”