Asia’s largest dedicated business aviation show, ABACE, has been cancelled amid fears surrounding coronavirus.

ABACE was scheduled to take place at Shanghai Hongqiao airport in China from 21-23 April, however, show organiser the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) says the coronavirus outbreak has given rise to health concerns and “other special challenges” for event participants.

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ABACE show at Shanghai Hongqiao airport

While the Chinese government is taking “commendable steps” to address the coronavirus outbreak, the current situation presents a very challenging environment for decision-making and action for ABACE participants to fully prepare for the event, says NBAA president Ed Bolen. “This necessary step is being taken in the spirit of partnership, collaboration and transparency,” he adds.

The show’s organiser will focus on making ABACE 2021, to be held from 13-15 April next year, “the best edition yet”, says Bolen, “and continuing its critical role in promoting business aviation in China, across Asia and around the world”.

Since its launch in 2012, ABACE - which is hosted in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority and the Asian Business Aviation Association - has become one of the premier business aviation events in Asia, typically attracting more than 9,000 attendees from 50 countries, says the NBAA.