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The organisers of Eurasia Airshow announced at a press conference that Eurasia Airshow 2020, which had been previously postponed to June due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will now be held on 2–6 December as a result of the continued pandemic. The airshow venue will remain as Antalya International Airport, as previously planned.
During the online press conference, held on 30 April, members of the press were given an explanation by Hakan Kurt, CEO of Eurasia Airshow, of why the airshow, which had already been rescheduled to 24–28 June, had been postponed a second time: “Like all other exhibition organisers, we are a part of an ecosystem defined by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). Last time, we postponed the event in accordance with the official letters sent out by the Ministry of Trade and TOBB to all event organisers. Accordingly, all the events planned to be held in the country were to be rescheduled to a date after May. Last Monday, the same authorities officially stated that all exhibitions should rescheduled to a date after 1 July. This was the primary reason for postponing the event to December. The second reason is, as you know, that Eurasia Airshow is an exhibition where more than half of the exhibitors come from abroad, and it has been designed around this fact. In this sense, we took into account the trends around the world.”
December Selected Intentionally
Explaining why the new date of the event had been rescheduled to early December, Kurt said: “There is a global belief that things are getting better with respect to the epidemic, albeit slowly. We even believe that the global economy, after seeing its lowest levels, will rise much more aggressively than it has declined, and at least regain its previous position. The exhibition season will start again in around October, although people may still be cautious about business travel. As such, we wanted to give people a little more time to recover. At first, we considered rescheduling the exhibition to April 2021, but as we always say, there is a very prominent brand, namely IDEF, that is held around April in our country, and we didn’t want to affect it negatively. Taking into account all of these factors together, we chose December as the best date for us.”
Same Concept with No Decrease in the Number of Exhibitors
Kurt emphasised that there will be no change in the scope and concept of the event. He also noted that, as already planned, the 5th Global Satellite and Space Show will also be held at Antalya International Airport on the sidelines of the event, and added: “So far, we have received no requests for postponement or cancellation from any of the exhibitors that had previously confirmed their participation at the exhibition. Moreover, every day, we are bombarded with more questions about the event.”
All Safety Measures to be Taken
During the airshow, all necessary measures will be taken, including the social distancing rule. Accordingly, the width of the corridors between the stands, which was previously three metres, will now be extended to five metres. The social distance rule will also be applied in the seminar-like events planned to be held within the scope of the airshow, with the 500-person halls used for seminars reorganised to seat a maximum of 200 people.
It was also stated that, in accordance with the directions of the Ministry of Health, the following measures regarding COVID-19 will be taken at Eurasia Airshow 2020:
- The COVID-19 history of the official delegations will be analysed.
- Thermal cameras will be placed at the entrances to the exhibition area.
- The exhibition area will be cleaned using nanotechnologies for 10 days.
- The vehicles of the official delegations will be cleaned using nanotechnologies for 10 days.
- The special event areas will be cleaned using nanotechnologies for 10 days.
- The use of disinfectants at the entrances of the exhibition area will be mandatory.
- The use of disinfectants in the special event areas will be mandatory.