Am I imagining it or there are only 1/3 the usual number of Balloons turning up at this year’s Balloon Fiesta?
I recall seeing 30 – 40 balloons in the past but we have been lucky to see 15 – 18 this year. Have they lost interest?
My theory is that the visiting balloons need incentive to fly during the festival. And that could be in the way of attracting the public to fly with them. But at a cost of $330 per person not too many of us are keen to participate. We’d much rather sit, watch and take photos.
On Wednesday I noticed a sign saying “Mid Week Discounted Flight at only $250” down at the festival site.
I listened to a presentation by the pilot of one balloon who explained how much fuel was used in a flight and that cost him $43.00 and that it was therefore quite a cheap activity for him to be involved in. So where does the other $290 go? and if they take two passengers……
A friend of mine told me that on the same morning there were at least 5 balloons in the air in Melbourne. And they were probably taking passengers.
Why would you want to drive to Canberra just to show off your pretty balloon?
[Photo taken this morning by Anthony Caffery]