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Singapore Airshow loses COMAC and Bombardier over virus fears

Over a dozen exhibitors pull out of Asia's top air expo, with visitors set to fall

The Indonesian Air Force's Jupiter Aerobatic Team KT-1B performs a manoeuvre during a preview of their aerial display at the Singapore Airshow.    © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Canada's Bombardier, U.S. business jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace and China's COMAC are among the manufacturers that have withdrawn from next week's Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace exhibition, due to concerns over the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

The six-day event starting Feb. 11 will proceed as planned, but organizer Experia Events said the recent restrictions on entry into Singapore, combined with company bans on employee travel, will "reduce the number of exhibitors and visitors."

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