This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Citing the rising tide of new Covid cases, spurred by the virulent Omicron variant and the fluid, uncertain situation it has created, NBAA has decided to postpone next month’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC). The four-day show, which was scheduled to begin in San Diego, California on January 18, is now slated to take place as a three-day event at the San Diego Convention Center on April 5-7.
Last week, California’s Department of Public Health issued a mandate that everyone in the state wear a mask in indoor public spaces and workplaces. The initial order is in effect at least until Jan. 15, 2022.
SDC was canceled this year, a casualty of the continued disruptions of the initial Covid wave, and the 2020 show was ended mid-event amidst a flurry of pandemic-related national shutdowns as the virus was beginning to gain a foothold in the U.S.
“With the recent emergence of the Omicron variant there is a lot we are still learning about this virus,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “Moving the conference from immediately after the holiday season will provide us with a firmer understanding of this situation so we can ensure appropriate safety protocols are in place as we move forward with our exciting and dynamic 2022 events.”