File Photo: Hot-air balloons over the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt (Photo:AFP)
Up to 17 hot-air balloon flights took off in Luxor on Saturday, carrying 480 tourists of various nationalities.
The flights, operated by several travel agencies, flew over the city's archaeological sites.
Hot-air balloon rides over the ancient wonders of Luxor are the tourists' favorite, as they get a chance to explore the city's spectacular landscape and famous landmarks.
Air balloon flights are currently seeing a high turnout by holidaymakers and tourists especially as they come in conjunction with the holiday season, Ahmed Aboud, head of a Luxor-based hot-air ballooning company, said.
Aboud hailed the efforts exerted to beef up safety levels in the Egyptian hot air balloon sector.