by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 07, 2020
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SINGAPORE - Intensified precautionary measures to safeguard the well-being and safety of all attendees have kicked into full gear at this week's biennial Singapore Airshow 2020. The trade days are from 11 - 16 February at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC). This comes amid a wave of cancellations from participants since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

At press time, fifteen exhibiting companies had cancelled their participation. They include CAE and Bombardier from Canada; Stemme from Germany; Gulfstream and Textron Aviation from the US; and 10 from China. South Korea's air force, the Black Eagles aerobatic team, will not be participating either.

The Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) 2020, another component of the show which involves 300 aviation leaders, comprising government officials, civil aviation authorities, airport operators and airline executives, will be cancelled.

Organiser, Experia Events, has issued a statement to reassure participants that in addition to the current government stipulated measures to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, the venue will offer hand sanitisers to attendees, and a team of doctors and medics are on standby to attend to unwell visitors. Additional temperature screening will be done at access points at Singapore Expo and CEC and enhanced cleaning and refuse management will be carried out.

Manager director, Mr Leck Chet Lam, said: "The health and well-being of our attendees is of the utmost priority. Alongside these additional measures, we will also continue to take reference from guidelines provided by the authorities such as Singapore's Ministry of Health."