CAA launches drive to restrict bird activity at Karachi airport

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STAFF REPORTER KARACHI Jinnah International Airport authorities here have launched an operation on Friday to restrict bird activity at the airport. Concerned staff has initiated a drive on the directives of the airport’s chief operating officer to limit the bird movement in the ar ea, an official said. The bi rd s h o o t e r s have hunted more than 25 bi rds on the runway, the ai rport manager said. Garbage dumps in the areas adjacent to the airport attr acts increasing movement of birds in the vicinity of the airport. Pakis tan Civil Aviation Author i ty (PCAA) has launched a publi c awareness campaign on Eid ul Azha to avoid pil-ing of garbage. Carcasses and remains of s acr ifi ci al animal s dumped near airports attr act a large number of birds, making them a potential hazard to air-traffic, airport manager said. The offici al advised the peopl e to pack the animal offal and leftovers in garbage bags and dispose off them at the desi g n a t e d places. T h e bird shooters are routinely deployed by the CAA to target the birds that may cause hindrance at airports routine activity. The aviation authority use routine measures including bird shooters, pressure horns, acoustic guns, fire crackers, scarecrows, patrolling vehicles to limit the bird activity in the vicinity of airports.