Sky lanterns discouraged during Loy Krathong

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BANGKOK – The Airports of Thailand (AoT) has called on the public not to use sky lanterns during  festival this year. Those who need to use one must inform the AoT in written form seven days in advance.

President of the AoT Nitinai Sirisamatthakan said if necessary, a sky lantern could be used during the times which did not affect aviation at the AoT’s six airports, including Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai. The AoT had asked airlines to arrange flights, especially in the northern region, during the festival by avoiding flying after 9 PM on 25 November 2016, said the president.

People can use sky lanterns after 9.30 PM in Chiang Rai from 24 – 25 November 2015 and smoke lanterns from 10 PM – 12 AM on 25 November 2015.

The sky lanterns allowed to use must be smaller than 90 centimeters in diameter and 140 centimeters high. They must not be made from sky-like colored paper.