All operators of passenger transport balloons in this country must be licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority and should be able to produce an Air Operators Certificate number. This means they are fully qualified to carry out your flight and their balloons and procedures are maintained to a high standard and are fully insured.
In choosing to take your flight with an operator who is a member of The British Association of Balloon Operators you can be sure that the operator you have found holds the correct licence, as we do not allow membership from non AOC holding companies in any circumstances.
Furthermore you can also be assured that you are dealing with a company which takes your custom very seriously, from purchasing a gift voucher, through to the actual lighter than air flight. BABO Members strive to provide excellent customer service and care and use national Terms and Conditions of sale, which are registered with the Office of Fair Trading.
As a national organisation, BABO also offers an established network of pre-qualified operators. Making purchasing a gift for a distant relative an easy exercise, by using our geographical arranged website, you can deal direct with your selected operator, in the area of your choice.
BABO is also ideally suited to provide a uniformed national network to companies wishing to redeem national vouchers, or run incentive or promotional campaigns using hot air balloon flights.
The Directors and working committee, who manage BABO, all come from the ballooning industry and have many years experience. The organisation was originally set up to offer its members the benefits of belonging to a single trade organisation, as well as striving to offer a highly enjoyable and safe experience to the communities it serves. Its officers sit on many working groups at the forefront of new European aviation initiatives, consumer rights issues, landowner’s relations and countryside protection.