Sunday, 5 December 2021

London wakes to stunning sight of hot air balloons flying over capital

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27 hot air balloons have lifted off from the runway at London City Airport to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The international airport is located on the Royal Docks in east London and its 1,500-metre long runway serves more than 4.3million passengers each year.

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And to commemorate its work over the last three decades, a host of colourful balloons could be seen flying over the capital.

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At 7am this morning, 27 hot air balloons went up as part of the 2017 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta.

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The balloons remained airborne above London for one hour, travelling north eastwards from the airport in the London Borough of Newham at around 1,000 feet, over Dagenham, Hornchurch and Upminster, before dispersing and landing.

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Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, said: ‘This was a truly stunning setting for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta and a fitting visual spectacle to celebrate the airport’s 30th birthday, as we build up to the November milestone.’

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