IN a provincial ordinance issued by its Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Albay Province has declared Bicol International Airport’s (BIA) sixteen (16) kilometer radius as a protected area.
CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said Provincial Ordinance 0059-2021, which was approved by Albay Governor Al Francis C. Bichara on 4 November 2021, now prohibits the entry of unauthorized kites, hot air balloons, and any flying objects controlled by remote control device that could obstruct aircraft operations within BIA’s immediate environs.
The ordinance also prohibits the pointing of laser lights to aircraft, as well as the entry of persons, vehicles, or animals without the permission and approval of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), which is the operator of BIA.
CAAP is also stressing that it is not only dangerous but also illegal to use laser beams or high intensity lights pointed at the airport and on flight paths as it could jeopardize aircraft safety.
Violation of the ordinance carries a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000) and/or imprisonment of not less than fifteen (15) days to six (6) months, subject to the discretion of courts. (TSJ)