Minister Varank Flies with First Domestic Hot Air Balloon; Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, Nevsehir produced the first domestic hot air balloon flew over the skies of Cappadocia. Minister Varank examined the local hot air balloon produced by Pasha Balloons. Varank accompanying the flight preparations in the departure area in the town of Goreme Nevsehir, officials received information about the balloon.
Following the completion of flight preparations, the balloon, including Varank, rose to the sky under the direction of pilot Hakan Zengin. Varank also piloted the balloon watching over the Fairy Chimneys.
Nevşehir Governor İlhami Aktaş, AK Party Deputy Nevşehir Mustafa Açıkgöz, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University rector. Dr. Mazhar Bound and his wife Esra Varank and daughter Reyyan Varank Minister Varank accompanied the flight.
MILLIONS OF EUROS WILL STAY IN OUR COUNTRY
Varank, said after the flight, Cappadocia is a meeting point of millions of domestic and foreign tourists, he said.
Explaining that Cappadocia is the second address that people ask with Istanbul abroad, Varank said:
One of the features that make this tremendous geography so attractive is of course balloon tourism. During this visit, I was very pleased to participate in the test flight of our certified balloon and even to use the balloon for a while. When you consider only the production phase, millions of euros will remain in our country. Taking into account the maintenance, repair and other expenses of balloons, we are talking about a much larger economy with high export potential. The contribution of this economy to both employment and talent development in our producers is very important.
ANNUAL 3 MILLION EUR COST
Designed and produced by Pasha Balloons with the support of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, the domestic hot air balloon 11 had its first test flight in October.
The world's most important hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey as well as the central location that flies in different areas throughout the year 230 balloon fabric dome replacement and maintenance costs are approximately 3 million euros. With the ability to produce hot air balloons, it is aimed to reduce the expenditure on maintenance and repair costs in the first place and to produce 60 balloons annually in the future.
Each balloon with a value of 80 thousand euros will meet the domestic need and is also planned to be exported. Test flights successfully completed domestic hot air balloon Qatar, Oman and Iran, as well as some African countries are in demand, he said.