Korean Skies Go Quiet As Students Take Important Test
postponed all takeoffs and landings at airports nationwide for 40 min.
But the move wasn’t
due to a terror threat or airport incursion. It was designed to give students a
low-noise opportunity as they were in the midst of an important college test.
The College Scholastic
Ability Test (CSAT) is seen as so important - especially during the 40 min.
English language audio section of the 8 hr. marathon examination - that Korea’s
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) issued a blanket hold on
all airport movements from 1300 to 1340 hrs yesterday.
In a statement. MILT
said the instruction was designed to “prevent aircraft noise from affecting the
language-listening part of the critical exam.”
Around 70 flights, a
quarter of them international, had to be rescheduled to comply with the order.
A handful of domestic flights were cancelled because of the landing and takeoff
were required to stay in a 10,000 ft. or higher holding pattern and at least 3
km from any airport.