ENVIRONMENTAL activists, Extinction Rebellion have announced they will “peacefully occupy” London City Airport from October 10 for three days.
The move is part of the group’s two-week “shut down” of the capital. But how do you check if your flight is affected? Read on to find out.
How do I check if my flight is affected by the protests?
Extinction Rebellion’s occupation will no doubt cause some disruption, with activists planning a “Hong Kong style” protest, with eco-warriors obstructing departure and arrivals gates.
However, London City Airport have said that they are in talks with police and will impose security measures, including requiring visitors to show a boarding pass before they can enter the terminal for the rest of this week – which could scupper XR’s plans.
Meanwhile, the airport has issued a warning to travellers – advising them to continue to check travel plans and the status of any flights with individual airlines.
Why are Extinction Rebellion protesting at London City Airport?
The group‘s statement today said: “Protest targets the continued Government support for expansion of air travel, which benefits the rich and punishes the poor, in the face of the Climate and Ecological Emergency.”
Adding: “In the biggest mass participation action of the International Rebellion, the Fly Today, No Tomorrow action will involve a ‘Hong Kong style’ occupation of the terminal building, lying, sitting or glueing-on in front of the departure and arrivals gates.
“Hundreds of participants have already signed up to nonviolently use their bodies to close the airport, and are willing to sacrifice their liberty to achieve this aim.
“City Airport is being targeted to highlight the incompatibility of its planned £2bn expansion with addressing the Climate and Ecological Emergency declared by Parliament or meeting the Government’s legally binding commitment to go net carbon neutral by 2050.
“Airport expansion such as this and the proposed third runway at Heathrow will make it impossible to meet this commitment, resulting in dire consequences as the Emergency worsens.”
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