Climate activists are set to disrupt London further this week by taking over one of the capital’s airports.
Aside from its protests in central London, Extinction Rebellion has now revealed plans to occupy London City Airport for three days this week.
Members of the group plan to shut down the airport in east London from 9am on Thursday morning, disrupting travel plans for many.
They intend to block security by occupying the departure and arrival lounge of the airport, which many people use to travel to European destinations such as Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Milan.
Protesters are set to occupy London City Airport (above) from Thursday for three days
The group claimed that if that fails, they will also aim to take over the DLR station which connects the airport to the rest of London as well as the outside terminal.
Today officers have arrested close to 500 protesters as they took over the city, camping in 12 sites across London.
The 13th site is thought to be the airport and there is currently an advertisement on Extinction’s website which asks people if they would ‘consider imprisonable actions’.
Today officers have arrested close to 500 protesters as they took over the city, camping in 12 sites across London
Protesters took over central London today occupying 12 sites across the city with tents and banners
Many gathered outside parliament today and the airport is thought to be the 13th site they will occupy
It also advises those thinking of attending the airport, to purchase a one way ticket, in case lines are in place to check ticket holders.
They have been urged to gather at at airport at 9am or to meet at the Westminster sites at 7.30am.
A spokesperson for London City Airport told the Evening Standard that it was aware of the group’s plans and that they were working with police to ensure the safety of passengers.
‘We urge protesters to think twice about preventing hardworking people from travelling, be that families going on holiday from their local airport, tourists visiting London, or small businesses that rely on convenient connections.
‘The climate change challenge is a matter for everyone, and we are committed to playing our part in achieving realistic plans to rapidly decarbonise.
‘London City Airport has already reduced emissions by 30% over five years and we are committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as well as working with partners on initiatives that will significantly reduce overall emissions related to aviation.’
The plan to take over the airport comes less than a month after one of the group’s founders Roger Hallam appeared in court charged with attempting to cause disruption at Heathrow.