Coronavirus Risk at the Singapore Airshow
International travel has hit a slow down in light of the Coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China. Commercial airports are screening passengers for body temperature to try and contain the spread as more cases are found all over the world.
Business travel has also been affected, as some of the biggest aircraft manufacturers announced they will not be showing at the Singapore Airshow. Cessna, Beechcraft, Gulfstream, and Bombardier decided not to risk the health of their employees as coronavirus is highly contagious.
“In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, we are taking extra precautions by limiting international travel and have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the upcoming Singapore Airshow,” Gulfstream said in a statement. “We look forward to returning to the show for its next iteration in 2022.”
Despite a total of 15 exhibitors withdrawing as of early February, the Singapore Airshow is still going on as planned from February 11th to the 16th. Organizers have assured that cleaning and trash disposal will be enhanced, hand sanitizer will be readily available, and there will be a team of medics on-site.
“In the coming week, we are focused on delivering the show while ensuring the overall safety of our attendees,” said Leck Chet Lam, managing director of Experia Events, the show’s organizer. “During this period, we will continue to work with the relevant authorities and do our utmost to offer support to our exhibitors, partners, and visitors who require assistance.”
Currently, the coronavirus has been reported in 26 countries, including China, and authorities are working to contain the spread. In China, protection items such as masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting tissues are sold out and the city of Wuhan is still under quarantine. The UAS International Trip Support is strongly recommending to business aviation operators not to travel to China or any country where multiple cases have been reported. The World Health Organization has tons of helpful resources about how to protect yourself from this virus that is continuously updated with the latest information.
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