Awareness-raising campaign launched: Residents advised against disposing of wastes near airport areas

By Bureau report
June 17, 2024
Planes sit on the tarmac at Islamabad International Airport. — AFP/File

PESHAWAR: The Information and Public Relations Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched an awareness-raising campaign aimed at enhancing aircraft safety and mitigating the risks associated with bird strikes.

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A handout said the primary objective of the campaign is to educate the public on the importance of maintaining cleanliness in areas surrounding airport jurisdictions.Community members are being urged to adhere to the guidelines to ensure the safety of air travel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They are advised to refrain from disposing of waste near airport areas, as garbage attracts birds, which significantly increases the risk of bird strikes.

The presence of domesticated birds, particularly pigeons, poses an extreme danger to the safety of all flights, including takeoff and landing. Citizens are, therefore, urged to avoid bird keeping and pigeon flying near airport premises.

Additionally, kite flying near airports has been identified as a serious threat to aircraft operations. The public, particularly the youth, is requested to avoid this activity within airport vicinity.

Another serious challenge to aircraft safety is festive firing, a dangerous practice that can interfere with aircraft operations. The public is strongly discouraged from engaging in this activity.The use of laser beam lights near airports is also strictly prohibited, as they can distract and temporarily blind pilots during critical phases of flight.

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