Bangkok – Authorities are calling on the general public to fly lanterns during Yipeng and Loy Krathong festivals only within specific periods of time to prevent possible accidents in aviation.
Lit paper lanterns are usually released into the night sky in the northern region. Lanterns are able to float in the sky due to hot air from the burning fuel-dipped paper roll inside. Manufacturers of such lanterns have enabled them to fly higher and longer, causing potential risks to aviation and fires on the ground after they have fallen from the sky.
Chiang Mai province has recently announced a restriction on the release of lanterns on the night of 22 November 2018, and 23 November 2018, from 7.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. Smoke lanterns can be flown during 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. on 22 November 2018. The violation of such restriction may result in a maximum of three years in prison or a maximum of 60,000 baht in fine or both.
The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand has coordinated with the public and private sectors to strictly abide by the safety measures in favor of the aviation and airline passengers.