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Balloon Festival

Fly private to Albuquerque for the largest hot air balloon festival in the world!

Charter a private jet to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, an annual festival where colorful arrays of hot air balloons take to the sky. For more than three decades, thousands of pilots, crews and spectators from all over the world gather in early October each year at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the world’s largest hot air ballooning event.

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Air Charter Advisors is here to arrange private charter flights to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the ultimate festival experience. Whether you prefer to fly private into (KABQ, ABQ) Albuquerque International Sunport or (KAEG, AEG) Double Eagle II Airport, our flight support team can arrange the perfect aircraft along with gourmet in-flight catering, private helicopter lifts and luxury ground transportation. We can also arrange multi-leg charters for a luxurious Southwest holiday, or one-way empty leg charter flights for extended stays and relocation.

The event takes place from October 1st – October 9th, 2016, where each morning for nine days, more than 500 balloons lift off from the park, floating gently through the crisp, autumn air above New Mexico as the sun rises over the Sandia Mountains. What started in 1972 as a celebration of a radio station’s 50th anniversary has literally ballooned into the world’s largest event of its kind, attracting nearly one-million visitors every year.

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The spectacle paints the skies with surreal colors in whimsical shapes and designs, creating a visually sticking scene that makes the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival one of the world’s most photographed events. Local artists also get the opportunity to make the fiesta’s balloons the subject matter of their paintings. The theme for this year’s festival is “Desert Kaleidoscope” (, one that we’re certain both photographers and spectators will find agreeable.

Event Schedule

Dawn Patrol

Since the 1978 edition of the festival, Dawn Patrol pilots take off before sunrise and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites. Balloonists with their feet on the ground appreciate the Dawn Patrol’s work as it gives an early idea of what the wind speeds and directions will be like at various altitudes.

Mass Ascensions

One of the highlights of the fiesta, all of the balloons participating in the Mass Ascension will launch in two waves to fill the sky with hundreds of balloons at once. Launch directors are tasked with coordinating the launch in order for each of the balloons to rise in a safe manner; the directors are affectionately referred to as “zebras” while serving as traffic referees in their black-and-white-stripes.

Special Shape Rodeo

A crowd favorite since first appearing in 1989, the Special Shape Rodeo features a line-up of uniquely shaped balloons launched simultaneously, with shapes ranging from a sneaker, a dragon and giant flying cacti to a Mariachi guitarist, a fire truck and flying Angry Birds. The Special Shape Rodeo is one of the more popular events during the festival, and a family favorite.

Balloon Glows

The event features a series of balloons illuminated across the night sky like giant holiday ornaments, creating a breathtaking sight for festival goers on the ground. Grab yourself a seat and relax, as the “Glowdeo” is followed by New Mexico’s most spectacular fireworks display.


Event Information

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
October 1-9, 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Balloon Fiesta Park
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Tel. (505) 821-1000

[email protected]

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Hiring a private jet or helicopter with Air Charter Advisors is the best way to experience this year’s festival, and our team works hard to provide the most competitive quotes possible without sacrificing your comfort, privacy or safety.

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Request a Quote or give us a call at 1-888-987-5387 to speak with one of our Albuquerque Private Jet Charter agents to arrange your luxury private flight to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.