The Civil Aviation Authority of Egypt announced on Tuesday the cancellation of hot air balloon flights at Luxor’s western airfield due to strong eastward winds. This decision impacts the major tourist attractions in the region, temporarily disrupting a popular activity among international visitors.
Luxor’s hot air balloon companies have been providing immense support for tourists, bringing joy and excitement through their journeys. The flights contribute to creating enchanting experiences for tourist groups from around the world. From high up in the sky, passengers enjoy breathtaking views of ancient landmarks, temples, and Pharaonic tombs, alongside the captivating natural beauty of Luxor.
Numerous tourism companies offer hot air balloon services in Luxor, with 16 companies currently in operation. The balloon flights typically last from 40 to 60 minutes, soaring to a height of 2000 feet above the city. Each balloon can accommodate between 12 and 34 passengers.
The journey begins with the balloon ascending in Luxor’s sky, heading towards the West Bank of the Nile. As the balloon rises, the scenery below changes, revealing fields and natural landscapes along the banks of the Nile, scattered islands in the river, and the grandeur that the Pharaohs derived from this eternal river. The flight path includes sights like the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut nestled in the heart of the mountain, passing over the Ramesseum and Habu Temples, the Temple of Amenhotep II, and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Queens.
The cancellation of these flights is a temporary measure to ensure the safety of tourists amidst the wind conditions. It is a reminder of the delicate balance between offering exhilarating experiences to visitors and maintaining safety protocols in the face of unpredictable natural factors. The hot air balloon companies and tourists alike eagerly await the resumption of these breathtaking journeys, providing unique perspectives of Luxor’s stunning landscapes and historical monuments.