1 MAY 2017
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The first mass cross-London flight to launch from a major airport will be witnessed at London City Airport (LCY) next month when it plays host to the annual Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta.
The event, which is being staged as part of LCY’s 30th birthday celebrations, will see more than 50 balloons taking to the skies, the highest number recorded departing from a UK international airport.
Based on number of movements, LCY during the 15min launch period is likely to be one of the busiest international airports in the world, as hot air balloon pilots from the UK, France, Spain, Belgium and the US are set to attend.
The regatta recreates the first ever balloon flight, by pioneering Italian aeronaut Vincenzo Lunardi, which took place in Britain in 1784, and is an aerial extension of the historic Lord Mayor’s Show.
Airport CEO Declan Collier said: “We are looking forward to hosting this extravaganza on our runway against the backdrop of London’s Royal Docks, the Thames and the London skyline.
“It will provide our local communities with a 30th birthday spectacle they’ll never forget.”
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