London City Airport is next target for Extinction Rebellion

London City Airport braces for possible shutdown by climate protesters

London City Airport braces for possible shutdown by climate protesters

"When we are waylaid in the streets as I'm sure we will be by importunate nose-ringed, dreadlocked, climate change protesters, we remind them that she was also right before her time about greenhouse gasses and she took it seriously, she took it seriously long before Greta Thunberg and the best thing possible for the education of the denizens of those heathen, hemp-smelling bivvle whacks that now litter Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park and rest of London, the best thing for them would be to stop blocking the traffic".

London City is the capital's fifth-biggest - and most central - airport, popular with business travelers, bankers and politicians for short-haul and regional routes.

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion protesters have staged a sit down protest at an entrance to London City airport.

On Thursday, 18,000 passengers are due to arrive or depart from the airport, with 286 flights scheduled.

Climate group Extinction Rebellion hit back with banners on Tuesday (October 8).

Extinction Rebellion said that if protesters do not make it into the airport itself, they will occupy the neighboring Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station and access road to blockade it from the outside.

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".

Hundreds of young people gathered on September 20 at Prague's Old Town Square and in many other Czech towns joining the worldwide climate change protests launched by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

The airport said it is "committed to building a more sustainable future for the airport and the aviation industry" and has said that it will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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