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szdaily -> Important news
Entry only at airport departure hall
    2018-February-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Han Ximin

ximhan@126.com

AN entry-only rule set to regulate traffic at the departure hall of the Shenzhen airport’s Terminal 3 took effect yesterday.

Vehicles arriving at the platform of the departure hall on the fourth floor are only allowed to drop off passengers and are restricted from picking up riders, according to a notice by the airport authority.

Previously, gates 2, 3, 4 and 5 were used for departures and gates 1 and 6 were used for arrivals. Yet with the increase of traffic, the number of tourism buses, private cars, taxis and app-based cabs that parked at the platform to drop off or pick up passengers also surged, causing disorder and a melee of vehicles. The airport authorities decided to close gates 1 and 6 for arriving passengers, and vehicles are only permitted to drop off departing passengers.

The airport authority also issued a notice yesterday reminding the public not to set off sky lanterns or drones in the airport’s runway clear zone as they could pose threats to flight safety. Violators will be fined between 20,000 yuan (US$3,160) and 100,000 yuan.

The runway clear zone refers to the areas 10 kilometers from the central axis of the airport’s runways and 20 kilometers from both ends of the runways. It includes the whole of Bao’an, Nanshan, parts of Futian, Humen and Chang’an in Dongguan. According to China’s civil airport regulations, it is illegal to release birds or fly balloons and other flying objects in an airport’s runway clear zone. Those who violate the rules face custody for five to 10 days. In serious cases, offenders will be taken into custody for 10 to 15 days.

Sky lanterns, drones and kites pose safety risks to aircraft in runway clear zones as they can interfere with a pilot’s vision or come into contact with an aircraft.

On Feb. 6 last year, a Kongming lantern, or sky lantern, caused delays at Beijing Nanyuan Airport after getting stuck in the engine of an airplane.

A Kongming lantern is a small hot-air balloon made of oil paper, which rises into the air by a small flame warming the lantern’s internal air temperature. People release the lanterns to make wishes, especially during the Mid-Autumn Festival and Lantern Festival celebrations.

 

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