Unfortunately due to the impacts of COVID-19, the ILA organizers- BDLI and Messe Berlin- have officially cancelled the Berlin Air & Trade Show (ILA) planned for May 13-17, 2020. On behalf of US Embassy-Berlin, we appreciate all your efforts to this point and hope to have your support and participation at ILA 2022!
First held in July 1909, Germany’s “Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA)” trade show in Berlin is the oldest and one of the top three largest international aerospace trade shows in the world. In fact, the Wright Brothers were exhibitors at the first ILA! With its strategic location, it is a draw for Central and Eastern European partners with over 41 nations represented and hundreds of high-level international military and government delegations, as well as over 1100 industry exhibitors and 180,000 visitors. This makes ILA an exceptional venue for meeting international counterparts, conducting government-to-government meetings, pursuing industry engagements and is a cost-effective means of advancing U.S. regional and international interests. For a quick summary of the latest updates see ILA 2020- ODC Update (PDF).
ILA 2020 will take place 13-17 May 2020. Commercial vendors should register on the ILA Berlin website at www.ila-berlin.de/en/. Official U.S. Government participants should register with the Office of Defense Cooperation below. Family members (including spouses) will NOT receive a U.S. Government badge. They may purchase tickets via the ILA Berlin website for trade and/or general public days. We look forward to seeing you in Berlin!
IMPORTANT! 3 Required Actions!
*** Please complete the following 3 steps IN ORDER ***
Step #1- Register with ODC Germany:
ILA Berlin access badge: The ONLY way for official U.S. Government visitors to receive ILA Berlin access badge is to register via the ODC Germany link highlighted below. Please register at this link prior to completing any other steps. Family members (including spouses) may purchase tickets from the ILA site.
Click Here for: ODC Germany – Berlin Air & Trade Show (ILA) 2020 Registration
Step #2- Reserve your Hotel Room:
US Government Delegations: After registering with ODC at the above link, Distinguished Visitors and their delegation should make a hotel reservation directly at either
Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin or
The Westin Grand using the keyword “US Embassy ILA 2020” to ensure you receive the U.S. Embassy-negotiated rate.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
Address: Unter Den Linden 77 · 10117 Berlin · Germany
Reservation Deadline: 27 April 2020
The Westin Grand Berlin
Address: Friedrichstrasse 158-164 · 10117 Berlin · Germany
Reservation Link: The Westin Grand – US Embassy ILA Rate
Reservation Deadline: 14 April 2020
NOTE: To ensure accommodations at the negotiated rates, ODC Germany urges visitors to make arrangements before these deadlines. ODC has blocked a sufficient number of hotel rooms for U.S Government Visitors. All remaining rooms will be released back to the hotels after the deadlines. ODC is unable to guarantee room availability at the negotiated hotel rates after these dates. Due to higher lodging rates in Berlin during ILA, it is highly recommended to request Actual Expense Allowance (AEA) authorization from your respective USG HQ.
ODC does not provide an AEA authorization, but as a courtesy, we do provide a supporting memorandum to assist your agency in drafting their own AEA authorization for your DTS approving officials with justification for the high lodging costs.
DoD Aircrew/Support Personnel: After registering with ODC at above link, aircrew and support personnel should make a reservation at the Van Der Valk Hotel using the keyword “US Embassy ILA 2020.”
Van Der Valk Hotel Berlin Brandenburg
Hotel Address: Eschenweg 18 · 15827 Blankenfelde-Mahlow · Germany
Keyword: US Embassy ILA 2020
(Breakfast is included in all hotels.)
Step #3 – Submit your Country Clearance (if required):
Please review the Foreign Clearance Guide (https://www.fcg.pentagon.mil) for specific country clearance requirements for Germany. USAREUR Liaison Office-Berlin is the POC for any special country clearance requests and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Telephone: 011-49-30-8305-2149/2198
*** ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***
ODC Germany will provide a welcome packet for all registered official DoD/U.S. Government visitors, including a schedule of events, event badge (if applicable), emergency phone numbers and procedures, and a Berlin Visitor Guide.
Uniforms & Uniform Policy
Service dress uniforms (Business Attire) are worn on all Trade/Industry days. EXCEPTION: Aircrew and Aircrew support personnel. Personal security is of primary concern. Per EUCOM and Embassy Germany regulations, travel via public transportation in uniform is NOT authorized.
ILA Berlin 2020 Entry Badges
An official entrance badge is required to gain entry to the Berlin Air & Trade Show (ILA) site. ODC Germany will process ALL badges for official DoD/US Government visitors. To ensure you receive a badge, register on the ODC site (Step #1 above) and submit your country clearance request as required (Step #3 above) as soon as possible. For guests and show participants, show badges will be presented at the hotel during check-in. These badges will NOT be distributed by mail or on-site at the show.
**Note: Please be prepared to provide a government-issued photo ID (DoD CAC Card, Passport, Driver’s License, etc.) at the entrance to the show.
Schedule of Events
A U.S. Government-related schedule will be provided in the Welcome Packet upon arrival. The most up-to-date show schedule can be found at: https://www.ila-berlin.de/en/events. You may also view a list of some of the attending VIP delegations at: https://www.ila-berlin.de/en/_BDLI-Delegationen_2020.
An ODC contracted bus will be provided for DoD personnel between The Westin Grand, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin and the trade show on 13 and 14 May only. Transit to the show can take 45-90 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Uniforms may be worn on ODC-contracted bus transportation.
Official and Industry Receptions
Official and industry receptions are by invitation only. Your host should provide you invitations to these events. ODC Germany does not have a role in invitations and will not provide transportation to/from private events. Those who wish to travel to/from private events in uniform must utilize rental vehicles or dedicated transportation.
NOTE: ODC would like to call your attention to an issue that could require advance planning on the part of senior visitors. Business at the Berlin Air Show is often conducted over meals. Senior visitors may therefore be invited to hosted working lunches during the show, and the regulations covering participation in such meals in Germany are different from those in CONUS. If you have any questions, please coordinate with your legal office.
The U.S. Embassy is not open to the public. Access is controlled for security reasons and limited to official business.
Point of Contact
Please address questions to ODC Germany by email at: ILABerlinAirshow@state.gov
Please read this informational webpage in its entirety before contacting ODC Germany with questions.