Events organiser Reed Exhibitions has rescheduled the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) events in Hamburg, Germany. Originally scheduled to be held in April 2021, the expos will now take place from 31 August to 2 September 2021.
“After consulting with exhibitors and airlines, we recognise the industry needs more time to allow for the reopening of borders, lifting of travel restrictions and resuming of services,” explained Polly Magraw, exhibition director. “It is clear that the industry needs to meet in person later in 2021. Our priority is to deliver an engaging and Covid-secure face-to-face event in September that gives our exhibitors and visitors the additional time to adapt and continue on the path to recovery.”
“Now, more than ever, there is a strong need to reunite, connect and do business,” continued Magraw. “The importance of AIX and WTCE cannot be underestimated as the largest marketplace that brings together key stakeholders from the global supply chain. We are confident that this decision best supports the industry, and in September we will be ready to regroup and look ahead to the future.”
According to Reed Exhibitions, the majority of exhibitors have already confirmed their participation at the face-to-face events in 2021. “We continue to focus on keeping the industry connected during this time, fostering collaboration, promoting new innovative solutions and helping to nurture critical business contacts,” added Magraw.
“We look forward to facilitating this through a further series of virtual events, set to take place in April, details of which will be announced soon. We once again want to thank all of our exhibitors, visitors and partners for their support. We believe this extra time ahead of the 2021 events will offer exhibitors reassurance and more opportunity to prepare their fantastic showcases, and for our visitors to be ready to restart planning for the cabins of the future.”