Two months ago we´ve began to share here the first confirmed information related to the upcoming air show season 2020 in Europe. A series, that was intended to follow in March and later, bringing you the current updates from the European air show – especially those we´re planning to visit this year.
Who could have guessed, then in January, that the March article of our air show series would be about cancelling one event after another? Regrettably, the current situation caused with the global pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 and the worldwide crisis that followed, resulted in ban of public events in almost all countries affected by COVID-19 disease.
Currently, it seems that the limitations introduced in order to prevent the disease spreading would last for a next few weeks, or maybe even months. It is obvious, that in the face of the present situation, several air show events had to be cancelled – following the restriction of organizing the mass public events.
It all started in the USA, where the 2020 air show season was already ongoing, and among the first cancelled events were:
The European events cancellations began with Aero Friedrichshafen, scheduled for 1st – 4th of April. After giving the matter his earnest consideration, the organizer of this famous trade show decided to cancel this year´s event. Therefore, the next edition of Aero Friedrichshafen is planned to be held on 14th April 2021.
Shortly after, the similar decision was made by other organizers of aviation events, as listed below in detail (name and place of event, scheduled date, cancelled/postponed):
The abovementioned information is, unfortunately, not a comprehensive list of cancelled or postponed events, as the situation is rapidly changing and reports of cancelling other events are announced continuously. For example the organizers of CROIMAS (the first Croatian military-organized air show) and Aviatická pout in Pardubice postponed their decision for the beginning of April – however, taking into consideration the development of current condition and the necessity of extending the restrictions for next weeks, there is very little likelihood the limitations would be lifted off in April.
The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic affected also the military exercises, with NATO Tiger Meet, previously scheduled for May 2020. It was already announced, that NTM 2020 was postponed for July – with the spotter day to be organized on 9th and 15th July, and Open Day to be held on 12th July 2020.
It is obvious that fighting against the global pandemic may certainly result in much more cancellations soon. Caused not only directly by the government´s restrictions – we should be aware that the armed forces are now putting all their resources into fighting with COVID-19 and many companies (some of them being usual sponsors and supporters of air shows and other aviation activities) are now working in the ´idle mode´, or not working at all.
In addition, a few European air shows initially scheduled for 2020 were already cancelled a few weeks earlier, due to other reasons, not related to COVID-19 pandemic – mentioning, as an example, Lotnicza Majówka Iława and Helicopter Show in Hradec Králové.
Consequently, it is to be expected that even if the restrictions would be finally lifted off one day, the second part of the 2020 air show season can bring additional cancellations. We will inform you of any further details as soon as they arise.