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Reassuring Statistics on the Safety of Air Travel in the times of Covid-19

23 Oct 2020

An International Air Transport Association (IATA) study has found a very low incidence of inflight COVID-19 transmission. Since the start of 2020 there have been just 44 cases of COVID-19 reported in which transmission is thought to have been associated with a flight journey. Over the same period 1.2 billion passengers have travelled.

This comes as encouraging news for the international trade fair industry. Messe Frankfurt have put together extensive safety measures to ensure their exhibitors and visitors are safe while attending their shows, however, this news adds another level of reassurance that customers will also be safe while travelling to the shows.

“The risk of a passenger contracting COVID-19 while onboard appears very low. With only 44 identified potential cases of flight-related transmission among 1.2 billion travellers, that’s one case for every 27 million travellers. We recognize that this may be an underestimate but even if 90% of the cases were un-reported, it would be one case for every 2.7 million travellers. Furthermore, the vast majority of published cases occurred before the wearing of face coverings inflight became widespread,” said Dr. David Powell, IATA’s Medical Advisor.

New insight into why the numbers are so low has come from the joint publication by Airbus, Boeing and Embraer of research conducted by each manufacturer in their aircraft. Each detailed simulation confirmed that aircraft airflow systems do control the movement of particles in the cabin, thus limiting the spread of viruses.

IATA’s data collection, and the results of the separate simulations, align with the low numbers reported in a recently published peer-reviewed study by Freedman and Wilder-Smith in the Journal of Travel Medicine

Mask-wearing on board was recommended by IATA in June and is a common requirement on most airlines. This guidance adds multiple layers of protection in addition to the airflow systems which already ensure a safe cabin environment, resulting in very low risks of inflight transmission of disease.

Read the full IATA article here

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,600* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €733* million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com

* preliminary figures 2019

Background information on Messe Frankfurt UK Subsidiary

Messe Frankfurt UK is the subsidiary of the Messe Frankfurt Group in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Founded in 2018 at the acquisition of Automechanika Birmingham, and based near Guildford, UK, our team are responsible for the organisation of Automechanika Birmingham, and supporting UK and Irish exhibitors and visitors at all Messe Frankfurt shows across the globe.

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