ABACE 2020 cancelled due to Covid-2019

Yves Le Marquand
By Yves Le Marquand February 10, 2020 12:26

ABACE 2020 cancelled due to Covid-2019

Asian Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (ABACE) 2020 has been cancelled, amid fears surrounding Covid-2019. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced on Friday (February 7) the decision to cancel this year’s ABACE, given health concerns and other special challenges for event participants, which have arisen in the wake of the outbreak. The event was scheduled to take place in Shanghai from April 16th – 18th.

NBAA President and CEO, Ed Bolen, said, “ABACE has always been more than an industry trade show: it is a platform for building business aviation in China, throughout Asia and around the world. NBAA and the Shanghai Airport Authority [SAA] have an extraordinarily strong partnership, having worked closely together for nearly a decade, to build ABACE into one of the world’s truly great aviation events.

“Our organisations have always viewed participating exhibitors, attendees and government leaders as partners,” Bolen said, “and as with all NBAA events, their health, safety and security is always our highest priority.”

While the Chinese government is taking “commendable steps” to address the coronavirus outbreak, the current situation presented a very challenging environment for decision-making and action for ABACE participants to fully prepare for the event. “This necessary step is being taken in the spirit of partnership, collaboration and transparency,” added Bolen.

Meanwhile, deaths from this latest strain of coronaviruses has led to more fatalities than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003. As the British government, on Monday (February 10) declared Covid-2019 “a serious and imminent threat”, the death toll had reached 910 worldwide surpassing the 774 fatalities as a result of SARS. A total of 97 people died of Covid-2019 in China on Sunday – the largest in a single day since the outbreak was detected in mid-December.

Bolen concluded: “We will focus on making ABACE 2021 the best edition yet and continuing its critical role in promoting business aviation in China, across Asia and around the world. As we look to next year’s event, and those in the years to come, we look forward to building on our relationships with the SAA, our host FBO Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre and our peers with the Asian Business Aviation Association in producing ABACE, ensuring the show’s continued success for business aviation across the globe.”

ABACE 2021 is scheduled to take place from April 13-15, 2021. Since its launch in 2012, it has become one of the premier business aviation events in Asia, attracting more than 9,000 attendees from 50 countries. More information is available at abace.aero/2020.

Yves Le Marquand
By Yves Le Marquand February 10, 2020 12:26

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