10th September 2017
The RICOH Lord Mayors Balloon Regatta® took off from London City Airport this morning with 26 balloons launching from the main runway!
Teams arrived from midnight and had to go through rigourous security checks in order to gain access to the airport and then waited patiently on the runway for the sunrise to appear.
At 7am exactly the offical Lord Mayor’s Appeal Hot Air Balloon took off along with our headline sponsor headline sponsor RICOH, the new London City Airport balloon and our other corporate partner balloons; Keltbray, Fortnum & Mason, Longleat, Aberdeen Asset Management, Renishaw, Riney and Mamont and flew north east towards Dagenham.
London City Airport are celebrating their 30th anniversay this year and welcomed the Balloon Regatta® as part of their celebrations.
This is the third Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta® which is now the official ballooning event of London and has the full support of Mansion House and the City of London.
#BalloonRegatta was once again trending on twitter throughout the morning and within minutes of take off, pictures, videos and stories were appearing on social media.
9th September 2017
We are delighted to announce that we are proceeding with The RICOH Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta flight tomorrow morning.
We have an anticipated launch time of 07:00 with an expected track heading towards Dagenham, Hornchurch, Upminster, Brentwood, and Billericoy.
Due to the early start time and lack of public transport, London City Airport will stream the regatta live on its Facebook page but there will be no official spectator facilities at the airport.
8th September 2017
We are currently on FULL STANDBY for Sunday 10th September. The weather conditions are currently looking favourable, however we are monitoring the wind direction. A further update will be published tomorrow at approx 1pm.
5th July 2017
We can confirm that the new official standby dates for the Balloon Regatta® will be September 10th, 24th and October 1st.
We are now looking at potential dates for September 2017. Please keep checking this website for further updates.
Friday June 23rd 2017
The scheduled flight for Sunday June 25th has now been officially stood down. We are now considering alternative dates and will update accordingly.
Friday June 16th 2017
The scheduled flight for Sunday June 18th has now been officially stood down. We remain on full standby for the next date of June 25th.
Friday June 9th 2017
The scheduled flight for Sunday June 11th has now been officially stood down. We remain on full standby for the next date of June 18th.
Thursday June 1st 2017
The scheduled flight for Sunday June 4th has now been officially stood down. We remain on full standby for the next date of June 11th.
Thursday April 27 2017
LONDON CITY AIRPORT TO HOST THE RICOH LORD MAYOR’S HOT AIR BALLOON REGATTA AS PART OF AIRPORT’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
London City Airport will accommodate the first mass cross-London flight to launch from a major airport, when it plays host to the annual Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® in June this year.
The official ballooning event of The City of London, which is being staged at the airport as part of its 30thanniversary year celebrations, will see more than 50 hot air balloons taking to the skies – the highest number recorded departing from a UK international airport. During the 15-minute launch period, London City Airport is likely to be one of the busiest international airports in the world, based on the number of ‘movements’.
An international array of hot air balloon pilots from the UK, France, Spain, Belgium and the USA are set to attend. London City Airport has also commissioned its own hot air balloon to join the extravaganza, affording Londoners spectacular views of the colourful display.
Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, said: “We are looking forward to hosting this extravaganza on our runway, providing a unique setting against the backdrop of London’s Royal Docks, the River Thames and the iconic London skyline nearby. The regatta will provide our local communities with a 30th anniversary spectacle they’ll never forget.”
The regatta recreates the first ever balloon flight which took place in Britain in 1784, by pioneering Italian aeronaut, Vincenzo Lunardi.
An aerial extension of the historic Lord Mayor’s Show, the regatta is designed to raise awareness of and funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. The Appeal supports hospital and community outreach through music, working with St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Symphony Orchestra.
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress plan to fly in the official Lord Mayor’s Appeal hot air balloon.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley added:
“The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta is the very highest of highlights – celebrating the tremendous contribution of business to their communities, 1000 feet above London!
“The Regatta raises funds and awareness for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, through the work of the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery programme, St Paul’s community projects in East London, and Music in Hospitals.
“We owe a particular debt of gratitude to Ricoh for their generous three-year support and to London City Airport for providing the perfect launch site; an uplifting celebration of their 30th anniversary. Thanks to them and all the other organisations taking part, thousands of young people will be supported, and Londoners will enjoy a stunning sight this June.”
Due to the weather-dependent nature of hot air ballooning, this event is on standby for every Sunday morning in June and will proceed on the first available of these dates when the weather is suitable.
The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta is brought to life by Exclusive Ballooning, which has helped to raise more than £7 million for charity using hot air balloons at the tool for fundraising.
London City Airport was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 5 November 1987, and throughout 2017 is celebrating its 30th anniversary year.