In Cappadocia, It's crucial to know if balloons got canceled as soon as possible to act accordingly.
Flying hot air Balloons depends on the weather, mainly the wind speed and direction.
Although Cappadocia has the most flying days per year record worldwide, balloons are not guaranteed to fly every day, and it's not possible to know if a specific day next month or next week balloons will be flying.
Most days, the status of whether the balloons will fly or not can be known only at the sunrise just before the flight.
Sometimes it gets canceled 24 before the flight because reliable weather forecasts say it will be windy the next day.
I'm talking here about knowing the flight's status from the official source that gives permission for flying every day.
But if you rely on a good source for the weather forecast, you can know if they will fly or not up to 3 days in advance from my experience as a photographer.
I use the mobile app www.windfinder.com
So what is the official source that has to give the final permission for all balloons companies to fly or not?
It's the Aviation Research Center at Cappadocia University In cooperation with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation in Turkey.
You can check the status of balloons flying or not from the designated web page: HERE *Note:
- The time on the website is 3 hours before Turkey's time zone.
- If the flight is on, the flags will change to green.
- Check the web page at 2 pm the day before your flight or photoshoot to know if it's canceled due to bad weather, but you can't know if balloons will fly in advance, as I said before.