Farnborough axes public weekend


Old and new mingle at Farnborough in 2018, during what turned out to be the show’s last public weekend. Recent years had seen the public programme becoming increasingly reliant on warbirds, like Plane Sailing’s Catalina, as is visible here.

In early March, the Farnborough International Airshow announced that it will no longer hold a public weekend. The change will take effect at the 2020 event, which will thus be staged over just five days, from Monday 20-Friday 24 July next year. The Friday will, however, be open to the public, allowing access to the exhibition halls. This, say the organisers, will place a focus “on inspiring the next generation and showcasing the technologies driving new products and manufacturing processes”. Each of the five trade days, including the Friday, will still see a flying display.

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