New Delhi, Sept 08: The controversy surrounding the venue of Aero India show slated to be held next year has been put to rest with the government deciding that the biennial air show will be held at its regular venue near Bengaluru. The five-day event will be held between February 20 and 24 at the Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bengaluru.
'The government has decided to hold the Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru from 20 – 24 February 2019. This five-day event will combine a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with public air shows,' said an official tweet.
The Aero India, Asia’s largest military aviation exhibition, was mired into a controversy ever since the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, made a plea to the government to shift the venue to Lucknow and assured that his government is willing to provide all support to make the event a mega success.
The event is organised by the Defence Exhibition Organisation under the Defence Ministry. It was first held in 1996 and has been held at Yelahanka air base outside Bengaluru since then.