Bowing to the inevitable.

The Paris Air Show 2021, scheduled for 21–27 June has been cancelled due to the continued uncertainty related to Covid-19.

The first Salon International de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SIAE) was held in 1909 and the event has taken place every other year since – with interruptions for the two world wars. The 2021 edition was set to be the 54th.  

The Board of Directors of the Paris Air Show and the Board of Directors of French aerospace industry association, Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), made the decision unanimously, describing it as inevitable in a statement last Monday 7 December.

“This reasonable decision was agreed upon unanimously by the Paris Air Show board members in the context of a crisis that has had an unprecedented impact on the aerospace industry,” they said in a joint announcement.  

It could well be that Farnborough 2022, with a late July date, will become the first major international aerospace exhibition since the outbreak of the pandemic.  The 2020 event was cancelled.