Planning is well under way for the new ILA grounds, which will be located directly next door to Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt, the capital’s future airport, at a distance of only 30 minutes from central Berlin. West of the airport new exhibition grounds are being built to host the Berlin Air Show. The grounds will adjoin the south runway and boast all the ILA’s typical features, such as trade fair halls for the world’s aerospace industry, outdoor sites for displaying aircraft of every type and size, chalets for catering exclusively to VIPs, and a control tower for the ILA fair management. Other features will include numerous facilities providing services and catering, a conference centre with a large number of meeting rooms and a high-tech press centre.
ILA 2012 will take place from 11 to 16 September. The first three days of the ILA (11 to 13 September) are reserved exclusively for trade visitors. The weekend open to the general public from 14 to 16 September will feature a spectacular programme of flying displays.
Compared with the ILA’s previous location the new exhibition grounds will be more compact, shortening the distances visitors need cover. Concentrating individual aerospace sections in smaller areas will make it easier to directly target representatives of the industry. Sections will include Commercial Air Transport, Space Flight, Defence and Security, Equipment, Engines and Materials, alongside the International Suppliers Center (ISC), the HeliCenter, the ILA Career Center, and a wide-ranging conference programme.
Exhibitors who register by 31 January 2012 will be entitled to an Early Bird discount equivalent to a ten per cent reduction on the stand rental fee. The ILA Berlin Air Show 2012 is organized jointly by the German Aerospace Industries Association e. V. (BDLI) and Messe Berlin GmbH.
Exhibitor numbers at ILA 2010 were the highest in the event’s 100-year history, with 1,153 exhibitors from 47 countries providing an impressive display of products and services from all parts of the aerospace industry. Attendance at the show was around 235,000, of whom 125,000 were trade visitors. Business deals and contracts worth a total of at least 16.5 billion dollars (approximately 14 billion euros) were concluded at the fair.
ILA stand at the Paris Air Show
The latest updates on ILA are also available at the combined stand (BC342) of the BDLI in Hall 2C at the Paris Air Show, which will take place from 20 to 26 June at Le Bourget.