This year’s Farnborough International Airshow will take place without aircraft, exhibitors or other participants from Russia, following that country’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine last week.
“Following the on-going events taking place in Eastern Europe, we have made the decision to suspend Russian participation at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, taking place in July,” the organisers wrote in a message on the air show website on 2 March.
“Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine, and everyone affected by the current situation. We continue to hope for a timely and peaceful resolution,” the statement continues.
This year’s Farnborough show takes place from 18-22 July. The event, one of the largest of its kind, was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the air show is due to go ahead amid declining coronavirus case counts and the relaxing of travel restrictions and of public-gathering caps.
In January, Farnborough said 90% of its exhibition space had already been sold, and that the event was on track to be the “most internationally attended event in our history”.