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Nov 14-16, 2018: Bahrain International Airshow 2018 a goal for Russia and other aerospace powers

BAHRAIN - The Bahrain International Airshow (BIA) at Sakhir Air Base, now a November fixture in alternating years, has put out the welcome mat for the entire aerospace industry. BIA 2018 offers Russia a chance to compensate for some of the business it lost elsewhere due to its row with the West.

Explaining the expected draw of the event, BIA organizers note that Middle Eastern airports were some of the fastest growing in 2013 – with a 7.7 per cent growth in passengers from 2012, and another 6.2 per cent expected in the next 20 years. The 2018 show will be the biggest yet, they say, with a larger exhibition hall and increased networking opportunities.

In Nov 2017 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin criticized Farnborough International Airshow organizers for their refusal to accept Russian military hardware at the 2018 event. The row over Crimea and other issues – and an array of new sanctions against Russia – resulted in a complete absence of the Russian aerospace industry at the British show.

The aerobatic displays will offer Russia a chance to show off its fighter jets. Aerobatics teams from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are also on the program.

BIA was first held in Jan 2010 and was last held in Jan 2016. BIA organizers moved it from January to November for 2018 to complement the Dubai Airshow, also in November. They cite the “interplay between the Farnborough and Paris Airshows,” held June-July in alternate years, as the model for the plan.

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