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Welcome to our Customer Service Pages

As we will not be scheduling any flights in Essex for 2020 or the foreseeable future, please go to the ‘my flight’ page to book a flight from either Kent, Hertfordshire or Buckinghamshire.
To view maps for these locations please go to

Please ensure after booking a flight you read the flight confirmation email as the weatherline number may be different to the information you have previously received.

Covid 19 Update - please read this.
11.30am 1st July 2020
Although some airline flights are now operating, our industry is still subject to the social distancing rules which make commercial balloon flights impossible (even at just 1 metre distancing). Like the airlines we are governed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA are in regular discussion with various stakeholders (such as the Commercial Ballooning Association) in order to prepare a path for the return to flying. Recently, rules were relaxed to allow ‘private’ balloon flights, whereby a pilot may fly solo, or with members of his/her own household. It seems likely that the next step will allow instructors or examiners to fly with students on a one-to-one basis, perhaps by the middle of July. Thereafter we are hopeful that the larger balloons will also be released for a return to operations, but so much depends upon the future COVID-19 infection rates and any changes in government policy.
Please also read the earlier update below if you have not already done so regarding extensions to vouchers.

8.35pm 23rd March 2020
As you are doubtless aware, the government has decided with immediate effect a minimum 3 week country wide lock down of all non-essential activity.

We are therefore cancelling all flights to the end of April 2020. We will continue to monitor government advice. It is likely this period will be extended. If flights continue to be cancelled, we will notify passengers by text to the main passenger mobile number you have provided us with a week ahead of your flight date.

When we recommence flying we will extend vouchers at no charge to provide passengers with the equivalent validity that was remaining on their vouchers at the start of our main flying season, 1st April 2020.

Subject to subsequent government advice after this first three week period, we will update you here on when we will add new flight dates for May etc onwards to enable you to rebook your flight.
As our office staff will now be working from home, we will not be answering phone calls but we will respond to emails as quickly as possible.

Click on "My Details" and book yourself onto a flight. Here are a few useful tips which can improve your experience with Essex Balloons.

To help you, on the occasions where our flight team can see that a flight is going to be clearly unsuitable to fly earlier than our normal weatherline call in times we will text you to give you more notice. So make sure we have an up to date mobile for you that receives texts if you have one. But please remember that you must still call into the weatherline to check if we don't text you because no text means the weather outlook is probably good! Please do not call the office to ask if flights are likely to go ahead as they will not be able to give you any information.

You may also like to register as a standby passenger using the standby tab in My Details. If you are flexible in your availability to fly we will then be able to text you about any short notice space that may become available before the date you have booked. We only send standby texts if the weather is good, so if you can make it you are pretty much guaranteed to fly.

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