Balloons at Airport – level 3

30-07-2020 07:00

On Saturday morning, four hot air balloons took off from the runways of Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel.

A special permission to lift off was given due to the small number of planes taking off and landing because of the coronavirus pandemic. The airspace was closed to planes so the balloons could safely make the historic flight, and operators were able to do preparations before dawn. In a rare sight, the balloons circled over the terminal and over the runways that were full of grounded planes. Amir Shemer, a balloon operator, said that the event was an example of something special coming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Difficult words: lift off (when a plane, jet, spacecraft, or rocket takes off), airspace (the space lying above a certain area of land and where planes are allowed to fly in), grounded (prevented from flying).

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