It was an uplifting 30th birthday celebration for London City Airport as the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta took place at London’s Royal Docks on September 10.
It is the first time the regatta launched from London City Airport, forming part of the 30th birthday celebrations for the airport, which opened in 1987.
The balloons remained airborne above London for over an hour, travelling north-eastwards from the airport in the London Borough of Newham at around 1,000 feet, over Dagenham, Hornchurch and Upminster, before dispersing and landing.
Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, said: “This was a truly stunning setting for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta and a fitting visual spectacle to celebrate the airport’s 30th birthday, as we build up to the November milestone.
Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley said: “This glorious sight demonstrated support for my Lord Mayor’s Appeal – benefitting three charities which do a huge amount to support education and music in our communities. They are the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery programme, St Paul’s Cathedral Music Outreach and Music in Hospitals.
“The money raised will help these charities to continue building aspiration, confidence and talent, and I hope many more people will be inspired to support their terrific work through my Appeal.”