Extinction Rebellion to shut down major UK airport for three days from tomorrow

Extinction Rebellion claims its will 'shut down' London City Airport from tomorrow for three days amid its ongoing protest in the capital.

The group says it plans to 'peacefully occupy' the airport in the east of the capital.

A London City Airport spokesperson said bosses were in talks with the Met 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.

It comes amid the group's two-week 'shut down' that has seen protests blockade key bridges and streets around the capital.

Extinction Rebellion had previously vowed it would take action at the airport, which is bracing for massive disruption and has issued a warning to travellers.

The activists say they plan to stage a "sit-in" at the airport for three full days in its biggest protest yet.

Extinction Rebellion said City airport is being targeted to highlight what the protest group says is the incompatibility of the site's planned £2 billion expansion with the climate emergency declared by Parliament, and its promise for the UK to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The group's statement announcing its London City Airport 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."

Extinction Rebellion says its "rebels" will take a leaf from Hong Kong protesters' books, by staging a sit-in occupation of the airport's terminal building.

The group said activists will use their bodies to peacefully block arrivals and departures gates, and some planned to "glue" themselves in.

In earlier plans the group had said it would shut down Heathrow Airport using drones in protest against the plans to install a third runway.

It later postponed the drone protest amid widespread criticism, and the Met Police warning of heavy penalties.

A London City Airport spokesperson said: “We continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to prepare for the threat of Extinction Rebellion protests.

"Our shared priority is the safe operation of the airport and to minimise disruption for passengers using the airport over the coming days.

“All passengers travelling for the remainder of this week will be required to show their boarding pass to access the terminal.

"We’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience, and recommend that they check the status of their flights with their airline, before travelling to the airport.

“Climate change is a global challenge and we remain committed to building a more sustainable future for the airport and the aviation industry, ensuring that we are playing our part in meeting the UK’s 2050 carbon objectives.”

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