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Wings India 2020 takes off in Hyderabad

Just 500 foreign delegates attend; several states hold B2B discussions with clients at the biennial civil aviation and aerospace event.

Published: 13th March 2020 09:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2020 09:03 AM   |  A+A-

A spectacular air show display by Global Stars, a British aerobatics team; Team Sarang, the helicopter display team of Indian Airforce at the Wings India 2020 event at Begumpet airport, Hyderabad on Thursday | Vinay Madapu

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Amidst the rapid spread of Coronavirus, countries have been cancelling visas, leading to the civil aviation industry taking a hit. As a result, the Wings India 2020, the civil aviation fete which started on Thursday was dampened in terms of participation from international delegates. Usha Padhee, joint secretary, Civil Aviation Ministry, said that in this year’s edition, there was nearly 1/3rd reduction in terms of participation by both national and international participants.

She said there was a 20 per cent to 30 per cent decline in air traffic in the country owing to people denouncing air travel. The foreign delegates chose not to travel to India in fear of the virus leading to merely 500 delegates turning up. However, despite this, several states held B2B discussions with clients at the mega biennial show.

The Wings India 2020 in a tweet said, “Due to the outbreak of #COVID19, the entry for the general public at #WingsIndia2020 has been restricted. All visitors who’ve purchased tickets for the event will get their money refunded back.”

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