Almost 100 sky lanterns grounded at Chiang Mai Airport

Despite pleas by officials not to float sky lanterns in the vicinity of the airport’s runway ground, Chiang Mai airport officials said they have collected at least 80 sky lanterns that faded and fell to earth within the airport’s controlled areas.

The airport said the sky lanterns debris were collected over the past two nights and the number was higher than those collected last year.

The airport has earlier advised people to release sky lanterns only from 7 pm – 1 am of Nov 3 and 4.

Among the sky lanterns landed at the airport, three are found to be over one metre in diameter, 74 are between 0.5-1 metre, and the rest smaller than 0.5 metre in diameter.

The airport officials said that as the Yi Peng festival will continue for the final night today (Nov 4), more sky lanterns are expected to be released into the sky.

They then asked all Yi Peng festival celebrants and tourists to release their lit sky lanterms only during the designated period and locations.