- British Airways i360 facts
- Visiting British Airways i360
- Bookings for British Airways i360
- Events at British Airways i360
- Working with British Airways i360
- Background and Funding
- Contacting British Airways i360
British Airways i360 facts
How tall is British Airways i360?
The tower is 162 metres tall and the passenger viewing pod climbs to a height of 138 metres (or 450 feet) making it the tallest moving observation tower in the world. British Airways i360 is 20 feet taller than its sibling, the London Eye, which rises to 132m.
How many people can the British Airways i360 viewing pod hold?
The pod can comfortably accommodate 200 guests on each flight with room for them all to be at the edge enjoying the view.
That pod sounds quite big. How wide is British Airways i360 glass viewing pod?
The tower itself is incredibly slender, and no more than 4.6 metres wide while the pod is around 18 metres in diameter.
Does the British Airways i360 pod spin round as it is going up and down?
No. It has been designed to glide gently up to the top and gives visitors the freedom to walk round the pod as they want.
There are a few fairground ride towers that spin or some revolving restaurants because guests need to sit down in them; at British Airways i360 you can walk around freely.
Are there any weather conditions when British Airways i360 will shut?
We are able to operate the British Airways i360 pod in most weather conditions, however like most tall rides it is prudent to cease operations during very high winds. The rest of our facilities will stay open such as the restaurant, shop and events spaces.
Visiting British Airways i360
What can you see at 138 metres high?
Visitors can admire 360o views across Brighton, the South Downs and, on the clearest days, all the way to Beachy Head (17 miles East of BAi360) and the Isle of Wight (49 miles West of BAi360).
How long will the ride last?
The pod flights last about 25 minutes (including boarding and disembarking).
There is so much to enjoy at British Airways i360 that we expect your visit to last around one hour (or longer if you are dining). This includes viewingour exhibition, the flight on the British Airways i360 and visiting our shop, which includes products by local artists.
How much does it cost for a pod flight?
The full price for an adult is £16.00 (or £14.40 if you book online 3 days in advance). There are discounts for children, seniors and students, as well as residents of Brighton and Hove. Find out more.
Is British Airways i360 accessible for wheelchair users?
Yes, British Airways i360 is fully accessible. There will be a safety limit on the number of wheelchairs permitted so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Visitors with disabilities will benefit from one free carer place per guest. There is a wheelchair lift connecting the Kings Road upper esplanade down to the beach. Find out more
Can I take my baby buggy? Are you family friendly?
Yes, we are a family friendly attraction. Baby buggies are allowed on the British Airways i360 passenger pod at most times; at very busy times we may ask you to park your buggy at a designated buggy park area. We have plenty of baby changing facilities and our restaurant has a kids’ menu and highchairs.
We are also near an outdoor playground on the beach (located to the west of Alfresco), which has a large paddling pool, a play area and sand pit.
Bookings for British Airways i360
Are there any discounts for British Airways staff?
Yes, British Airways staff are entitled to a 10 per cent discount off the standard British Airways i360 ticket price on peak dates which includes weekends and bank holidays year round and all visits during May to August. For off peak dates, including Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays) from September to April, BA staff are entitled to a 33 per cent discount. To claim the discount, you’ll need to purchase your ticket at the on-site ticket office, presenting a valid BA Staff ID. The discount is not valid with any other promotion or offer and is not available for tickets booked online or by phone.
Events at British Airways i360
What type of events can be held at British Airways i360?
All sorts! Including drinks and canapés receptions, special occasion parties, corporate events, private dining, product launches, weddings, Christmas parties or business meetings. British Airways i360 passenger pod can be hired exclusively and our beach building features stunning function rooms with sea views and private terrace. Find out more.
Can I get married at British Airways i360?
Yes, we are a licensed wedding venue. You can say ‘I do’ at 450 feet in our glass viewing pod or in one of our beach-side function rooms with doors opening out on to a private terrace. Find out more.
Working with British Airways i360
How can I find out about jobs at British Airways i360?
Click here to see the jobs we are currently advertising.
How can my company work for British Airways i360?
We have a policy of using local businesses from Brighton and Hove and the wider Sussex area, wherever possible. We are proud to be working with a growing number of talented local companies.
Click here to see our current tender opportunities.
Background and Funding
How much did it cost to build?
The total project cost is £46m. It has been funded through a Public-Private Partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Council has acted as a ‘middle man’ for a Public Works Loan Board Loan, which is a central funding pot that can only be used for projects with a commercial return. No council tax has been used and the profit on this loan will earn the Council over £1m per year which has already been used to regenerate the seafront spaces either side of BAi360 and, in July 2017, the council announced it has earmarked £1.1m of money from the BAi360 loan repayments to help fund regeneration of Madeira Terraces (to the East of Brighton Pier).
Why is the Council backing this?
Brighton & Hove Council benefits financially in three main ways:
– It earns £1m a year in interest on the PWLB loan for the duration of the loan;
– It earns 1% of BAi360 ticket revenues forever
– It earns business rates from BAi360.
In addition, British Airways i360 has generated new jobs in the city, is helping regenerate the seafront, and is attracting people to the city, benefiting the local economy.
In 2016, BAi360 also gave every state school child in the city a free ticket for a flight on BAi360.
Local residents also benefit from half price tickets by joining the Resident Membership scheme.