Paris 2011: New Grounds Underway for ILA Berlin 2012
The ILA Berlin Air Show, scheduled for September 11-16 next year, will be located “directly next door to Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt, the capital’s future airport, only 30 minutes from central Berlin,” according to the event’s organizers, who say that planning is well under way.
The new grounds will adjoin the south runway and provide halls for exhibitors, outdoor ramp area for displaying aircraft “of every type and size,” chalets and a control tower for ILA management. For the first three days, the show will be open only to trade visitors, but on September 14 to 16 it will admit the public and mount a “spectacular program of flying displays.”
The organizers say that, compared with its previous location, the show’s new grounds will be more compact, shortening the distances visitors need to cover, and concentrating individual aerospace segments in smaller areas will make it easier for visitors to target representatives of the industry. Those segment clusters will include commercial air transport, spaceflight, defense and security, equipment, engines and materials.
Exhibitor numbers at ILA 2010 were the highest in the event’s 100-year history, said the organizers, with 1,153 exhibitors from 47 countries hosting an attendance of 235,000, of whom 125,000 were trade visitors.