China issues standards to regulate drones at airports

China on Friday issued its first unified regulation to monitor drones at the country's airports, in a bid to better regulate unauthorized drones that can pose risks and cause damage.  

The regulation, released by the China Civil Airports Association (CCAA), specifies the technical standards for drone monitoring systems, applications and equipment at civil airports.

Next, over 180 civil airports across the country will adopt the standards to regulate drones, and mega airports like the Beijing Capital International Airport will be the first to take actions, according to Sun Xiaoli, deputy secretary general of the CCAA.  

In recent years, drones have been used in a variety of fields, including forestry plant protection, geographic mapping, environmental monitoring, power inspection and aerial photography. As of 2018, there are 272,000 drones registered in China.  

Meanwhile, unauthorized drones have caused disruptions to airport flights, resulting in frequent incidents including flight delays, detours, cancellations and even airport closures. Therefore, monitoring and guarding against drones have become necessary to ensure airport safety.