The 2021 Australian International Airshow will now be held on 23-28 November next year after it was rescheduled from its traditional February dates last week.
AMDA Foundation announced the new dates today, saying the change would provide more certainty for stakeholders.
"Like all responsible organisations, AMDA Foundation has monitored the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic from its inception," said AMDA CEO Ian Honnery.
"After extensive consultation and review, it became clear that the impacts of COVID-19, including lengthy logistical lead times and uncertainty about availability of international travel, would pose unacceptable risks to Avalon 2021, should it continue within its original February timeframe.
"This deferral will provide certainty for partners, stakeholders, exhibitors and participants. It will also enable industry to focus on managing through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, knowing that Avalon 2021 in a 23-28 November timing will confidently contribute to the regeneration of business development.
"As the centrepiece of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Centenary celebrations, Avalon 2021 will have great national and international significance. Deferring Avalon 2021 to November will ensure the event serves its purpose as a powerful promotional and industry engagement forum on the way to business recovery and as a spectacular celebration of 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force."
Avalon 2021was originally scheduled for 23-28 February, but needed to be postponed due to international travel bans imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus. International exhibitors and visitors have proven crucial to the success of the air show over many years.