THE WORLD'S LEADING TRADE SHOW FOR GENERAL AVIATION

What was launched over 45 years ago with a handful of gliders and motor gliders as a small aviation exhibition in the context of a regional automotive exhibition has developed into one of the world's most important industry meetings with an impressive line-up of all kind of aircraft types.

The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport. More than 35,000 visitors, 63 percent of whom holding a pilot license, satisfy their aviation-related demand at this one-of-a-kind meeting place of the GA community. A unique network of supply and demand.

674
exhibitors from 35 nations
over 90%
of the exhibitors will participate again at AERO 2024
27.200
visitors from 75 nations
over 85%
of the AERO 2023 audience's expectations were met or exceeded
482
Journalists from 27 countries
over 60%
of visitors have a pilot's licence

The AERO - a success story

AERO has also benefited from Friedrichshafen as a cradle of aviation, which was established in 1900 by Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin and his famous Zeppelin airships, followed by Hugo Eckener and also Claude Dornier founder of the famous aircraft manufacturer Dornier Werke.

In the 80s and 90s the booming UL industry lead by innovations in composite also from Eastern Europe grew the show further. In 1995, the Business Aviation section was introduced at AERO for the first time. In addition, the trade show significantly expanded its offerings in the areas of avionics, maintenance and aviation services in the following years.

The move to the new modern venue halls at the airport followed in 2002. AERO is one of the few trade fairs to have its own taxiway to the exhibition center and an infrastructure allowing aircraft in every hall which is still unique in Europe. The focus of the trade show on innovation in aviation and future topics has always driven the growth of AERO and made it the world's leading trade show for innovations in General Aviation that it is today.

Since 2022, AERO is organized by fairnamic GmbH, a joint venture between Messe Frankfurt and Messe Friedrichshafen.

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