To contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the Berlin Senate recently decided to ban large events (attendance 5,000 people or more) until at least 24.10.2020. This means that the next edition of the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin will not take place in September of this year, but from 27 to 30 April 2021.
InnoTrans is a leading trade fair for the railway industry, which takes place once every two years in Berlin. In 41 different exhibition halls and the famous outdoor area, railway rolling stock manufacturers and their suppliers showcase their newest products.
InnoTrans recently announced that the 2020 edition would not include a public weekend due to “a lack of space in the outdoor exhibition area and the associated logistical requirements”. Until 2018, it was a tradition that the outdoor area was open to all, on Saturday and Sunday after the fair. We all could have a look at the newest trains (from the outside mostly) while enjoying some nice food and entertainment.
Innotrans press statement: The decision to move InnoTrans from September 2020 to 27 to 30 April 2021 has received widespread support from the mobility sector. Following its postponement until April 2021 InnoTrans has met with positive feedback all round. (…) Rescheduling InnoTrans to just over six months after the original September 2020 dates makes the situation manageable and affords sufficient planning certainty to exhibitors and trade visitors. The next InnoTrans will take place 18 months later in September 2022 as planned.
“It was clear from the outset that due to the coronavirus crisis and its impact some companies within the industry would be unable to take part in April 2021. That is a great pity for those concerned and we are offering support wherever we can. That said, we are all the more delighted that current bookings have reached InnoTrans 2018 levels. It shows the industry is united and working at full speed to be at InnoTrans next April. The overall excess demand from earlier this year has been reduced, however, we will still be occupying the entire Berlin Exhibition Grounds. We are particularly looking forward to InnoTrans being at hub27 for the first time”, said Kerstin Schulz, the director of InnoTrans.