For the first time in Lithuania – Women’s World Hot Air Balloon Championship

One of the major annual events of the world’s hot air balloon community – FAI Women’s World Hot Air Balloon Championship – will be held on July 4-10, 2016 in Birštonas. For seven days over 60 hot air balloons will fly in sky of Birštonas and they will be flown by the best world women pilots.
Birštonas’ Ballooning club Audenis, the Lithuanian Aero Club and the Lithuanian Ballooning Association are honoured to organize the event. The main purpose of organizing the event is to contribute to promoting the name of Lithuania and popularizing the hot air balloon sport in Lithuania and around the world.
According to Žydrūnas Kazlauskas, the event manager and head of Birštonas’ Ballooning club Audenis, to organize the event such as this is indeed a great responsibility. ‘During the Championship sky of Birštonas will be filled with hot air balloons throughout the week; and it is not easy to organize the whole process at high level but I believe that we will succeed and the sight will be indeed impressive.’
‘The hot air balloons will launch early in the mornings and evenings under ideal weather conditions. In the evenings the balloons will launch from the heart of the town, and that will trigger even bigger admiration in viewers. The flight on hot air balloon is an opportunity to rise above daily routine, not only literally but also mentally. All are welcome to attend, expand the horizons and thus bring new colours to one’s life!’
The best world women pilots from the USA, Japan, Brazil, EU countries, Ukraine, Russian and other countries will take part in the competition. During the 2016 Championship Lithuanian pilots will have a great opportunity to compete for top awards. In over 20 years of Independence, Lithuania has achieved the highest ratio of hot air balloon/ professional pilots’ number per one thousand country inhabitants.
‘Hot air balloon is not only means of transport but also attractive and successful tourist attraction. Flying hot air balloon is one the most extraordinary ways to explore a country. This activity attracts all – foreign and local guests and tourists. We have observed that Birštonas locals and visitors not only anticipate hot air balloon events but also do not miss chance to go up into the sky and admire beautiful views of the town located at Nemunas loops,’ said Rūta Kapačinskaitė, head of Birštonas Tourism Information Centre.
FAI Women’s World Hot Air Balloon Championship is a unique chance to organize sports or leisure flights, as well as aerial events which present Lithuania as a particularly attractive country for aeronauts-professionals. These championships allow creating unique and magnificent shows in the air and attract attention of locals and town visitors. More about event at
 Paulius Grigaliunas


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