Passengers flying from London City today are being advised to check their flight status before travelling due to an ongoing protest at the Docklands’ airport. A group of dozens of Extinction Rebellion environmental activists are staging another protest in the form of a sit-down protest held at the entrance to London City Airport.
They are located at the exit of the airport’s DLR rail station, having been hindered from entering the airport by a police line. Travellers are being asked to show their boarding passes before they can enter the airport. According to onlookers, two arrests so far have been made.
The latest protest is against the climate impact of flying and the government’s support of airport expansion, including the expansion of a third runway for Heathrow, which will allow for more flight schedules. Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, Rupert Read said: “By non-violently shutting down this airport, in homage to the style of the Hong Kong democracy protesters, we are demonstrating the utter frailty of the transport systems that countries such as ours, unwisely, have come to depend upon.”
According to the group, hundreds of people have signed up to take part in the protest. The protest will see protesters ‘non-violently use their bodies’ to close the airport.
Travellers are advised to allow additional time for their journeys incase of disruption, and to check with their airline that flights are going ahead on schedule.