Minister Varank flew with the first domestic hot air balloon; Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank flew in the skies of Cappadocia with the first domestic hot air balloon produced in Nevsehir. Minister Varank examined the domestic hot air balloon produced by Pasha Balloons, one of the companies operating in the region. Accompanying the flight preparations at the departure area in the town of Göreme in Nevşehir, Varank received information from the officials about the balloon.
After the completion of the flight preparations, the balloon, including Varank, rose to the sky under the direction of pilot Hakan Zengin. Varank also briefly piloted the balloon watching over the Fairy Chimneys.
Governor of Nevşehir İlhami Aktaş, AK Party Deputy of Nevsehir Mustafa Açıkgöz, Rector of Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University Professor. Dr. Mazhar Connected and his wife Esra Varank and daughter Reyyan Varank accompanied Minister Varank in the flight.
MILLIONS OF EUROS WILL STAY IN OUR COUNTRY
In a statement after the flight, Varank said that Cappadocia is the meeting point of millions of local and foreign tourists.
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
The domestic hot air balloon, designed and produced by Pasha Balloons with the support of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, made its first test flight on October 11.
The world's most important center of Cappadocia, as well as hot air balloon flights in that position Turkey in different fields across the 230-year balloon fabric dome replacement and maintenance costs are approximately 3 million euros. With the capability achieved in the production of hot air balloons, it is aimed to reduce the expenditures made for maintenance and repair costs in the first place, and to produce 60 balloons annually in the future.
Each balloon, worth 80 euros, is planned to be exported as well as meeting the domestic demand. The domestic hot air balloon, whose test flights have been successfully completed, is said to be in demand from Qatar, Oman and Iran, as well as from some African countries.