August 11, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Owners of AIRSHOW 2021 and its sister event, the aerospace and defence exposition at Avalon, AVALON 2021, have expressed their disappointment at having to cancel both the show and the industry exposition, which were set for November 30 to December 5, due to the uncertainty thrown up by the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Australia.

The variant currently has metropolitan and regional areas locked down in three states.

The events are pegged as the most comprehensive aviation, aerospace and defence exposition in the southern hemisphere.

“Delivering such a highly complex, hallmark event in these challenging circumstances would involve risks of uncertainty for attendees, participants, industry and the Australian public,” said AMDA Foundation Chief Executive, Ian Honnery.

“Therefore, in order to minimise uncertainty and disruption to attendees and participants, the difficult decision has been taken now that AIRSHOW 2021 will not go ahead.”

“It is deeply disappointing for the AMDA Foundation team, our stakeholders, exhibitors, participants and patrons that this signature industry trade show and public entertainment spectacular will not proceed.

“But public health and safety must be paramount and responsible levels of certainty must be achieved for all involved in or attending such a complex and multi-faceted major event.”

The event has already been postponed twice – from February to November and November to December. Given the biennial show calendar, the event will now return in 2023, four years after its previous iteration.

Other event casualties over the last week include Vivid Sydney and Sydney Fringe.