Operating a business jet to the 2021 World Economic Forum in Singapore
On December 7, 2021, the World Economic Forum announced that it is be relocating from its traditional home in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland to Singapore. This is just the second time the event has changed locations since it was first held in 1971.
The event, which is normally hosted in late January, will take place August 17-20, 2021.
As of the time of publication, few details have been released. Universal Aviation Singapore is in close communication with Singapore Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group, and we will share any new information as soon as it becomes available.
In the meantime, based on our previous experience supporting missions to the WEF, here is some background on the event and best practices.
About the 2021 World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is attended by the world’s most powerful and influential business leaders and heads of state. This high-profile and high-traffic event draws significant business aviation traffic, creating congestion and service limitations, requiring pre-planning well in advance of the event. The change in venue from Davos to Singapore for the first time will create new logistical challenges.
Why did the WEF move to Singapore?
Singapore was chosen as an alternate venue to Davos because of its status as a financial center of Asia and its low COVID cases. Conversely, Switzerland has seen a spike in infections this winter.
Aircraft Parking at the World Economic Forum
Because of the high number of private aircraft that operate to the WEF, parking is always in demand and must be secured well in advance of the event. In general, we recommend making parking requests a year before to ensure the best chance of success. However, that’s clearly not an option this year.
While you usually do not need to be a registered Forum attendee to park at the host location, it’s always best to provide this information when submitting parking requests. Due to anticipated tight parking availability over this period, it’s recommended that operators avoid coming to Singapore for any other business purposes during this time.
We will share the parking details as soon as they are available.
Will World Economic Forum attendees be under a stay at home notice?
On Feb. 16, 2021, the Singapore Ministry of Health announced that WEF attendees will NOT fall under a stay at home notice. Instead, attendees will be rigorously tested and segregated from the general Singapore population.
What safety measures are the World Economic Forum staff implementing to protect attendees?
WEF staff and event workers will be vaccinated prior to the event. WEF officials are also working to have as many attendees as possible vaccinated before the event. Those not vaccinated will be under stricter testing regiments. All attendees will likely be tested on arrival and departure. Attendees will also be required to use contact tracing apps via their phones.
Singapore business aviation ops best practices
Singapore provides its own logistical challenges, which will only be exacerbated by the influx of traffic. For a detailed overview of operating to Singapore, visit our Singapore Destination Guide.
Few operating details, restrictions, and requirements are available for the 2021 World Economic Forum, which has been relocated from Davos, Switzerland, to Singapore. The event will be held August 17-20, 2021. Like previous WEF’s, we anticipate a high demand for parking and recommend securing services as far in advance as possible. This article will be updated as more information becomes known.