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Sandia Pueblo, Sandia Hotel & Casino allow Fiesta Pilots to land

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Albuquerque's annual Balloon Fiesta is less than a month away, and pilots are now finding out that they'll have less ground to work with when it comes to landing during the event.

On Saturday, Balloon Fiesta officials told Action 7 News that the Sandia Pueblo is not allowing pilots to land within its reservation boundaries this year.

In the past, officials with the pueblo have allowed pilots to land on the reservation due to the fact that pilots have to land wherever the wind takes them, and because the reservation is right next to Balloon Fiesta Park.

The decision will take away an estimated 40 square miles of landing space for pilots. The pueblo has also put height restrictions into place, according to the pilots.

Balloon Fiesta officials told Action 7 News that the pueblo leaders gave them no explanation as to why they made this decision. Sign to support the Fiesta and boycott Sandia Pueblo and all of their business ventures until thy are more reasonable.

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