Up and away as countdown to balloon experience trips gets closer

Virgin Balloons did a ‘check’ flight over Shropshire on Thursday in preparation for opening up to passengers again next month.

The Virgin balloon takes to the skies
The Virgin balloon takes to the skies

The UK wide’s balloon flight experience company, which has its headquarters in Telford, is getting ready for the May 17 day when, if Covid figures allow, larger groups of people – up to 30 – will be able to meet outside.

Virgin Balloons said it put a flight up from Telford with four experienced pilots and an inspector onboard, checking that everything was in order ready to resume passenger flights in May. It landed on farmland at Hadnall near Shrewsbury.

“There was some concern from people in Hadnall seeing the balloon come down but we want to reassure them that this was a planned and well executed landing,” the spokesman said.

“Many thanks to the landowner at Beaconsfield Farm who kindly allowed us to bring the vehicles on to recover the balloon.”

“We have to wait until May 17 to start our experience flights again as our baskets are built to carry 12-16 passengers.

“We have had an enormous amount of interest in our flights as families and friends look for activities they can enjoy together outdoors.”

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