SINGAPORE: There will be some 12,000 fewer tickets for the public at this year's Singapore Airshow
Aimed at better managing crowds, tickets will also not be sold on site, unlike previous years.
This means visitors have up till the eve of the Airshow's public days on the weekend of February 15 and 16 to get their tickets.
The event's 2012 edition saw 92,000 public tickets made available, with over 90,000 visitors in attendance.
Two years on, organisers are releasing only 80,000.
Some 30,000 have been sold so far for the biennial event at the Changi Exhibition Centre.
Last-minute visitors will be denied entry, since tickets will not be sold on event days.
Jimmy Lau, managing director at Experia Events, said: "We're trying to allow a quicker throughput for the public into the Singapore Airshow site. So it requires us to try and manage safety as well as to ensure that it's comfortable all-round for the public to get in and out of the show quicker."
Buses will help visitors access the site from the boarding point at Singapore EXPO.
Frequency is around every three minutes, and each bus will be able to hold some 110 passengers.
The event will also usher in high-level conferences like the Aviation Leadership Summit, where issues such as air travel growth and the improvement of global connectivity will take centre stage.
As airlines buy more and more planes, sustainable development of the aviation industry is a concern. This topic will be discussed, specifically on how the industry can achieve neutral carbon growth.
Yap Ong Heng, director-general at Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, said: "On the issue of the journey to carbon neutral growth, and specifically a global market-based measures scheme, it is an opportunity to hear the concerns and interests of the different players.
“And hopefully with this, they can serve as useful inputs for those who would have to work on a global market-based measures scheme."
On the trade side, organisers are hoping that deals can reach up to 70 to 80 per cent of the S$39.5 billion sum seen at the 2012 Airshow.
All exhibition space has been sold out. - CNA/gn
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