For safety considerations, Chiang Mai International Airport has rescheduled 59 flights and cancelled 101 during the two-day sky lantern festival next week.
The celebration, which takes place next Monday and Tuesday and is known locally as the “Yi Peng” festival, centres around Chiang Mai.
According to Wisut Khamyod, deputy director of the airport, the action is taken to prevent lanterns—which are anticipated to be released in huge quantities—from obstructing aircraft traffic. Due to prior notification, the flight adjustments won’t have an impact on passenger services.
By adhering to the regulations for the discharge of lanterns during the festival, the airport has attempted to gain the support of the communities surrounding it.
Airport officials have mandated increased routine patrols within and around the airport in order to quickly retrieve any lanterns found.