The 6th Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition which was supposed to take place this October in Kigali-Rwanda has been rescheduled to happen in 2022 due to increased cases of the delta variant across the African continent.
The two-day summit and exhibition is a major trade event for the aerospace and defence industries which was set for 14 and 15 October 2021 and the new dates for 2022 are to be announced shortly.
Aviation Africa organisers and the Managing Director for Times Aerospace, Mark Brown said they were disappointed that the big event has been cancelled but at the same time explained that they hope that by moving to 2022, the event can transition to safer times when global travel confidence is back.
“We are very disappointed that we could not run Aviation Africa this year in Kigali as planned. The number of increased Covid-19 cases across the globe, mean we have to consider health and safety as our top priority whilst also ensuring we can bring a fruitful gathering to the event, and the current situation would not have allowed for that.”
Mark Brown added that Rwanda as a nation was committed to continue abiding with measures aimed at protecting the people highlighting that moving the event to next year will enable a high turn out attendance.
“Rwanda has been one of the countries globally that has put in place a very secure Covid protection plan with strict entry and exit requirements and we remain extremely confident that holding Aviation Africa here next year will be the optimum option for our attendees.”
Speakers for the Africa Aviation Summit and Exhibition will include leaders from African airlines, civil aviation authorities, business aviation and support industries and the co-located exhibition will feature approximately 100 global aviation companies.
By Joyce Mukucha