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.
In choosing to take your flight with an operator who is a member of The British Association of Balloon Operators you can easily check the operator you have found holds the correct licence as we do not allow membership from non AOC holders in any circumstances.
Further more you can also be assured of dealing with a company who take your custom very seriously from purchasing a gift voucher through to the actual lighter than air flight as all association members have signed up to a code of conduct ensuring the very highest standards are set. Member will 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 can also offer 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 chosen operator in the area of your choice.
BABO is also ideally suited to provide a uniformed national network to companies wishing to redeem nation 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.