Miss Arunee Theppabuth – 8th Level Experts Officer of Phuket Airport, recently announced “During last year’s Loy Kratong festival officers of Phuket Airport and AOT saw a dramatic icrease in the number of floating lanterns released in Phuket and Phang Nga. With the amount now being released, it is becoming increasingly dangerous for aircrafts, as in these areas they are flying at low altitudes, preparing to land. It is possible for the lanterns to ignite the engines of the aircraft.”
The releasing of floating lanterns is a big tradition in northern Thailand, where original lanterns were made from a small wooden structure, thin paper and a little bit of fuel. Those lanterns would only go to a small height before falling back to the ground. However, today’s lanterns, which are a lot bigger than those of old, use synthetic materials such as metal or plastic, and use either alcohol or gas as a fuel, pushing the lanterns high into the sky, and for a longer time.
Arunee added “Phuket International Airport and AOT would like to ask for the cooperation of people close to the airport, and request that they avoid releasing lanterns. If it is found that anyone has carried out an action which could be dangerous for an aircraft, they will be punished according to the law.”