Climate Activists Threaten Holiday Chaos As They Vow To Shut Down Heathrow Airport

  • Date: 31/05/19
  • Daily Mail

Climate change protestors Extinction Rebellion threaten holiday chaos as they vow to shut down Heathrow airport for 10 days with drones during peak of the getaway season.


Climate change activists Extinction Rebellion are threatening to throw the holiday plans of thousands of Britons into chaos by flying drones over Heathrow Airport. The protesters previously tried to disrupt services at the airport on April 19

Climate change activists Extinction Rebellion are threatening to ground thousands of holiday flights at Heathrow Airport by flying drones in the area forcing its closure.

The group, which brought Central London to a standstill in April plans a day of action in June followed by a two-week closure in July.

The proposed action has been condemned by Heathrow Airport who claim flying drones near the runway could jeopardise aircraft safety.

In a statement, the group claimed: ‘On June 18, we plan to carry out nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow Authorities close the airport for the day, to create a “pause” in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, such as flying, upon the natural world.”

‘This is not about targeting the public, but holding the Government to their duty to take leadership on the climate and ecological emergency,’ the group said…

In an internal proposal written by volunteers and seen by Reuters, activists suggested using drones to force authorities to ground flights at Heathrow Airport while other protesters held picnics. The activists said they would avoid any risk to aircraft by informing the authorities of their plans in advance.

If the government does not cede to their demands after disruption on June 18, the activists proposed shutting the airport for the first two weeks in July.

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