Hot air balloon flights recommenced in central Turkey's Cappadocia on Aug. 23 after a five-month pause as part of COVID-19 precautions.
The Civil Aviation Directorate General mandated a brief training session, masks and safe distancing for visitors on the hot air balloons.
Known for its unique geographic landscape of valleys, caves and "fairy chimneys," hot air balloons at sunrise Cappadocia are a popular tourist attraction.
The package deals for hot air balloon rides include an hour-long ride and concessions at the point of landing.
Approximately 35 balloons were in the air on the morning of Aug. 23, hot-air balloon tourism operator Especial's Director Abdullah İnal said.
Local tourism operators are hoping for increased business from the hot-air balloon rides.Chimney rocks in southeastern Turkey declared protected area