This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Latin America business aviation fair LABACE, which traditionally takes place in mid-August in São Paulo, has been cancelled, organizer Brazilian Association of General Aviation (ABAG) has announced. “[D]ue to the global pandemic situation, ABAG’s board of directors and the exhibitors have decided that this would be the best course of action. We tried...assessing the possibility of putting the event off or holding a smaller one, but we got to the conclusion that neither of the alternatives were feasible,” said ABAG CEO Flavio Pires.
São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro’s city governments have cancelled New Year’s celebrations, reflecting the predominant view that, absent federal policy to fight the pandemic, Covid-19 won’t be under control in Brazil until at least 2021.
The next LABACE is planned for August of that year. With the traditional Congonhas Airport area leased out, this show might inaugurate a new venue—possibly São Paulo’s other downtown airport, Campo de Marte. If so, that would avoid both the high fees of Congonhas and the costs of preparing the deteriorating facilities there to host the fair.