The Paris Air Show 2021, which was scheduled to take place from 21 to 27 June 2021 has been cancelled due to uncertainty caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was taken by the Board of Directors of the GIFAS (French Aerospace Industries Association) and the Board of Directors of the Paris Air Show in response to the international health crisis and the large number of visitors that the popular show attracts. The move was agreed upon unanimously by the Paris Air Show Board members in the context of a crisis which has had an unprecedented impact on the aerospace industry.
The next edition of the Paris Air Show will be held in June 2023 with the date announced shortly. Exhibitors will receive a full refund of all sums already paid with the Paris Air Show will take full financial responsibility for this decision.
Patrick Daher, Chairman of the International Paris Air Show and Chairman of the Daher Group said: “We are obviously disappointed not to be able to hold the 2021 edition of the Paris Air Show.”
2023: “resurgence of aerospace industry on international scale”
“After many months of all trade show activities being suspended throughout the world, the entire international aerospace and defence community was very much looking forward to being able to meet. We have already started work to ensure that the 2023 edition celebrates the resurgence of the aerospace industry on an international scale.”
Gilles Fournier, CEO of the International Paris Air Show, added, “We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our partners, exhibitors and service providers for the trust they have placed in us.”
“We share their disappointment, as the Paris Air Show continues to be an extremely popular event, even in periods of crisis. The 2023 edition will be larger than ever, and our teams are already working to ensure its success.”
Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International, showed his solidarity with the team in Paris: “Today’s announcement that the 2021 edition of the Paris Air Show has been cancelled is incredibly disappointing. For us at Farnborough International, Paris represented a major step towards recovery; bringing the aerospace industry together once again, enabling people to meet, exhibit, and do business.”
“We send our colleagues at Paris International our very best wishes; we know how truly devastated they are. For the Airshow community worldwide – exhibitors, visitors, suppliers, organisers – let’s remain optimistic that today’s news represents the final chapter in this dreadful story, and that through vaccinations and treatment, we will come together again, meeting safely and successfully.”