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Commercial balloon flies over Colombo in first-time flight

Air Magic (Pvt) Ltd said this week it conducted a commercial hot air balloon flight from the outer city limits of Colombo on March 19. The balloon took off from Homagama and flew for more than 30 minutes and safely landed close to the Kottawa town.

"This is the first time in Sri Lanka that a hot air balloon had taken off and flown in the outer city limits of Colombo with commercial passengers onboard," the company said adding that the flight was piloted by Capt. Richard Sandrasagara the only Sri Lankan balloon pilot with commercial pilot status.

Air Magic (Pvt) Ltd a company affiliated with the Wild Holidays group of companies has been in operation in the Cultural Triangle area and the Southern region since 2010. Being the biggest and the leading balloon operator, Air Magic has seven balloons with sizes ranging from 2 to 16-passenger baskets. Air Magic said it is exploring the possibilities of expanding operations to fly in the outer city limits of Colombo as well as the regions of Buttala and Pinnawella regions in the near future.

"With the influx of tourists to the country, the demand for ballooning is on the rise," noted Chinthaka Jayasinghe - General Manager & Head of Operations.

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