Following the news earlier this week that the Land Forces 2020 defence industry exposition will be deferred to June next year comes the news today that the next Avalon Airshow, which was originally scheduled for 23-28 February 2021, will also be pushed back due to the ongoing disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers AMDA Foundation Limited said in an announcement by Chief Executive Ian Honnery that the impact of the pandemic, which include lengthy logistical lead times and uncertainty about availability of international travel would pose unacceptable risks to th show should it continue with its original February dates.

Therefore, AMDA has made the decision to defer the timing of the show to sometime later in 2021, with November that year being considered. Precise timings will be announced at a later time.

“This deferral will provide certainty for partners, stakeholders, exhibitors and participants. It will also enable industry to focus on managing through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, knowing that AVALON 2021 in a November timing will confidently contribute to the regeneration of business development following the pandemic”, the statement added.

AMDA also addressed the issue of next year’s Avalon Airshow being the centrepiece of the Royal Australian Air Force‘s centenary celebrations, noting that deferring the event “will ensure the event serves its purpose as a powerful promotional and industry engagement forum on the way to business recovery and as a spectacular celebration of 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force.”

It also said that it will make an announcement “shortly” about the timing of Pacific 2021, the third defence industry show that AMDA organises alongside the Avalon Airshow and Land Forces, which is currently scheduled for August 2021.

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Kym Bergmann
Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.


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