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Soekarno-Hatta Airport forms task force to handle kites around runways

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 22, 2020   /   07:29 am
Soekarno-Hatta Airport forms task force to handle kites around runways Kites flying at a kite festival. (Shutterstock/File)

State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II has formed a task force to prevent people from flying kites around the flight zone of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.

Airport spokesperson Febri Toga Simatupang said the task force would educate local residents about the potential dangers of flying kites around the airport.

“We have created a team of local officials and figures to educate the residents,” Febri said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.

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He added the task force had been holding webinars and visiting several subdistricts located around the airport to disseminate the information. It had also put up banners warning people about the penalty for flying kites in the flight operation safety area.

Febri claimed the number of kite-related complaints and disturbances had started to decline after the task force began educating local residents about the potential hazard caused by kites.

Flying a kite around an airport is considered dangerous because it can tangle up inside an airplane's engine.

The 2009 Aviation Law restricts flying kites around flight operation areas, with Article 421 of the law carrying a punishment of up to three years of imprisonment and a Rp 1 billion (US$67,776) fine for violations. (aly)