Putting up advertisements in flying objects like air balloons and lighting up sky lanterns have become extremely popular right now to catch the attention of the public. The idea might be innovative but it is not helping the Visakhapatnam Airport authorities a great deal. These flying objects have become a major cause of concerns for the airport authorities.


According to the Indian aviation rules, paragliders, hot balloons, sky lanterns are not allowed in the approach path of airport’s runway. But the sky lanterns get released at almost every occasion. Previously, these lanterns used to be released during Diwali and Sankranti but now people have started releasing these lanterns during weddings and other private receptions as well.


“Even as flying objects like balloons or fire lamps do not create trouble for flights, we will be bringing in some restrictions for use of these flying objects to avoid safety issues. Air-port in Mumbai has faced problems due to lanterns and balloons. In Vizag, people residing close to the airport, like NAD and areas falling within a radius of 10-km need to be careful while releasing any flying objects,” Vizag Airport Director, Vinod Sharma, was quoted as saying by the Deccan Chronicle.


As one cannot predict which way these lanterns will go and when they are going to change its directions once it is in the air. That is when it becomes threatening for the aircraft.  


“If the sky balloon size is bigger and it is coming in the approach path of the runaways, people should take prior permission from the Airport Traffic Control officials before using them,” Sharma added.