UPDATE 16th March, 2020
It is with much regret that we announce the postponement of this year’s World Aviation Training Summit (WATS) in Orlando, Florida (due to take place 28-30 April 2020) .
We know that this will come as a disappointment to many who, just a few days ago, expressed their desire that WATS continued in April but given the ongoing announcements in the US and many other countries it is clearly time for some certainty. This is not a decision we have taken lightly: as the world responds to the Coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented global changes it brings, it is the only acceptable decision that could be made.
Our primary concern is focused on our exhibitors, delegates and partners, who in many cases have worked with us for many years, and of course on the health and welfare of company staff, attendees and their respective families and friends.
We want you to know that we remain fully committed to serving our global community and are already working hard to deliver value and business connectivity from today, through the summer and beyond as needed. We will announce these plans in the near future and hope to confirm new dates for a WATS event to be held later this year. In the meantime it is of upmost importance to us that our industry remains fully connected and business remains enabled and we will do all we can to ensure this is possible.
For more information please contact [email protected]
UPDATE 12th March, 2020
The announcement on 11th March from US President Donald Trump declaring a travel ban into the US from Schengen countries presents our industry with immense challenges and we are absorbing this information with our event partners with a view to making an announcement regarding our WATS event as soon as possible.
We appreciate your concerns, and understand the challenges we, as a community, are facing as a result of coronavirus. Please be assured that first and foremost we will be taking a responsible approach to the health and wellbeing of our community and their wider networks.
We will be in touch as soon as we are able, in the meantime please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our PR team, [email protected]
Statement 4th March, 2020
Halldale Group is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19, coronavirus outbreak and will take a responsible, cautious, approach to global concerns over travel, welfare and other issues that affect our 2020 events.
First and most importantly, we will continue to monitor the situation as the disease spreads into other countries. The total at time of writing is now 69 (confirmed) countries covering most major markets. We are taking appropriate action to continue providing our employees, and partners, a safe and healthy working environment.
At this stage, in accordance with WHO (World Health Organisation), National and local government recommendations, we do not have any plans to cancel any of our 2020 events.
The situation remains very dynamic, as information continues to change day-to-day, and we will provide weekly updates via our websites and newsletters or direct to clients, should that be needed.
The airline industry has a long history of managing adverse situations and in the thirty years that we have been working with the airline, simulation and training industry we have worked closely together with our partners to responsibly keep our businesses moving forward.
The general dynamics of our community did not alter after previous crises, such as 911, SARS et al in that, despite serious setbacks and very tough business environments from time to time, the predicted doubling of the global fleet was still achieved and safety improvement continued.
We expect a similar doubling of the fleet in the next 20 years and we continue to deal with personnel shortages, rapid technology changes, dynamic growth and significant training change. Our joint mission, as a global Simulation and Training community, remains critical in helping global airlines maintain their excellent safety record through continually improved training. Meetings such as ours are a key part of this process and should continue as scheduled where possible and sensible.
We remain committed to providing the superior service and support that our customers have come to expect of our company throughout this situation.
If you have any specific queries please contact our PR team, [email protected]