Are Hot Air Balloon Flights cancelled in Cappadocia? / What safety measures and precautions will be taken to minimize the risk of infection on the balloon? / How is the situation in Cappadocia?
Are Hot Air Balloon Flights suspended in Cappadocia?
As part of precautions taken against the novel coronavirus, the Civil Aviation Authority of Turkey has suspended all hot air balloon flights in Cappadocia from 17th March 2020 to 22nd August 2020.
What safety measures and precautions will be taken to minimize the risk of infection on the balloon?
As with most industries, the “new normal” will bring many requirements for the hot air balloon industry and it will change the way we fly for a temporary period.
The precautionary measures below will be enforced on hot air balloons to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- Hot Air Balloon operators will fly below capacity to provide a minimum of 0,40 m² space per person in the basket. Wearing a face mask will be mandatory for all passengers during the flight.
- Family members, couples and friend groups will be allocated in the same compartment on the balloon.
- Hot air balloons will be disinfected after every flight.
- Operators will make sure hand sanitizer is easy for passengers and staff to get to.
How is the situation in Cappadocia?
Even though no case of coronavirus has been reported in the towns of Cappadocia, twenty-seven villages residents tested COVID-19 positive in the countryside of Nevşehir. However, thanks to early strict measures, the spread has been taken under control and stopped.