The city of Albuquerque has the distinction of being “The Balloon Capital of the World” due to ideal flying conditions. The Duke City is home to over 300 balloon pilots and hosts the largest balloon event in the world, The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of balloons fill the sky of Albuquerque for nine days in early October (starts on the first Saturday). Sid Cutter, the founder of the Balloon Fiesta, was also the founder of World Balloon. World Balloon has been in business for over 43 years. It is the oldest continuously operating balloon operator in the southwest.
World Balloon’s pilots fly every day that mother nature will allow and they can accommodate any size group. World Balloon has an impeccable safety record. They only use commercially rated pilots. FAA authorized repair personnel inspect all of the equipment annually, or every 100 hours of flight time, whichever comes first.
Guests have an opportunity to experience an Albuquerque sunrise from an incredible vantage point. The ballooning adventure begins at the launch site. Usually, the wind carries the balloons over the Rio Grande River, where pilots frequently skim the river (“splash and dash”). The passengers have a wonderful view of the Bosque and often see wildlife below. Once the balloon lands, the crew conducts a celebratory champagne toast and present everyone with a flight certificate to commemorate their addition to the world of hot air ballooning.