FILE - Hot Air Ballon in Luxor
CAIRO - 3 March 2019: Luxor has ranked second in the list of top seven hot air ballooning destinations published by Matador Network in August.
Civil Aviation Observer Mahmoud Zain stated to Egypt Today that the number of hot air balloon rides in Luxor surpasses 30 rides per day. He added that the balloons are checked daily by accredited engineers and trainers to ensure the tourists' safety.
Trips are cancelled when the speed of the wind is high as balloons move horizontally depending on that speed. Balloons can go high in the sky by up to 500 meters depending on the extent to which the air is heated by the pilot.
Balloons in Luxor may land in locations different from those of departure where vehicles wait to pick up tourists after they enjoy a panoramic view of the city described as an open museum for housing many ancient Egyptian temples and tombs.