Farnborough International to go back to its roots

The July 2020 Farnborough International Airshow is to become a five day event. 

Traditionally, the week-long trade show was followed by a public weekend; however following careful consideration, organisers have decided this aspect of the show is no longer commercially viable. 

Instead, the Airshow will open to the public on Friday 25 July with a greater focus on engaging the next generation pilots, engineers and innovators by bringing STEM subjects to life through the industries and technology represented.   

Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International says: “We know that for many, a weekend spent at the Farnborough International Airshow was a highlight, but following the 2018 show it was clear this aspect of the show is not commercially viable in the long term.      

“The Airshow has a very important role to play in engaging and inspiring the next generation, our focus is now on ensuring Friday of the trade show showcases the very best of our industries to young people.

“There’s a great deal of nostalgia and affection for the public weekend which we understand and are grateful for, but it’s important we continue to evolve and deliver the right kind of Airshow.”  

The Farnborough International Airshow is one of the world’s biggest and most successful trade events. In 2018, the biennial show saw $192bn worth of deals, hosted more than 1,500 exhibitors and welcomed 80,000 visitors representing 112 countries. 

Opening on Monday 20 July 20 and running until Friday 25 July 2020, the Farnborough International Airshow is a strategic opportunity for organisations to demonstrate innovation; engage with customers; announce deals and new contracts, and take part in conference programmes featuring world-class speakers.

About Farnborough International

  • Farnborough International creates and delivers industry-leading aerospace events including the Farnborough International Airshow, and undertakes airshow consultancy work with interests across Asia and the Middle East.
  • We operate the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre: a 20,000sqm venue strategically located in the heart of the UK’s sci:tech corridor, and we are one of the UK’s only companies to take a collaborative approach to delivering events with on-site expertise and experience. 
  • Our dedicated industry news channel FINN, the Farnborough International News Network, provides the latest news, in-depth reports and analysis, and insight from around the world.
  • The Farnborough International Airshow is one of the world’s biggest and most successful trade events; in 2018, the biennial show saw $192bn worth of deals. There were more than 1,500 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors representing 112 countries, the next Airshow will take place on July 20, 2020.
  • Farnborough International is the home of pioneering spirit. Our location has a rich heritage of aviation firsts and much of the ingenuity that has shaped modern day aerospace took place here. This heritage is woven into our corporate brand; the Airbridge - which makes up our logo - is inspired by the movement of air over wings: an innovation discovered in the wind tunnels across the airfield from our site.

About the industries represented at the Farnborough International Airshow 

Figures from ADS Group – trade association for the UK’s Aerospace, Defence and Space industries, and parent company of Farnborough International - show that in 2018: 

  • The UK’s aerospace sector turned over £35bn, directly employed 123,000 and generated £30bn through exports.  
  • The UK’s defence sector turned over £22.1bn, directly employed 140,000 and generated £7.3bn through exports.  
  • The UK’s space industry turned over £14.2bn, directly employed 40,000 and generated £5.4bn through exports.  

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