The following information applies mainly to hot air ballooning in the UK.
The aviation and ballooning world is divided in to those flying privately as a hobby and those flying for commercially. The licensing and insurance requirements for private and commercial hot air ballooning are very different. Private balloonists can not accept payment for flights.
Choosing a company for a hot air balloon ride can be difficult. Below we give some general advice for those considering a commercial hot air balloon ride as either a gift or for themselves. We hope that this will assist those looking for an amazing flying experience to get the best from from their hot air balloon ride.