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Published on Thursday, October 17, 2019

Gatwick targeted by Extinction Rebellion protestors today




Passengers using Gatwick are being warned of possible disruption today as climate change protest group, Extinction Rebellion, target the airport.

Protestors are planning a 'light-hearted party' to 'wake up Gatwick Airport and government'.

They have invited supporters to come to the South Terminal 'incognito' and not to make their presence known until a signal goes off at 11am.

Social media posts say: "If inclined, some people may like to indulge in a bit of mischief but the intention is not to cause people to miss flights."

The Extinction Rebellion website says 'rebels' will be handing out leaflets encouraging people to 'play their part in what lies ahead' and adds: "There is no intention to disrupt flights."

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said: "We are aware of the proposed protest at the airport and we will continue to work closely with the police to make sure that our passengers and staff are able to continue their journeys and do their jobs safely without disruption.

"We are determined to play our part to reach the Government's target of achieving net zero carbon emissions, however we will also remain focussed on the safe operation of the airport."

Gatwick unveiled a master plan earlier this year outlining proposals for almost 90,000 additional flights and 28 million extra passengers by 2038 by using its standby runway.

The airport is preparing a planning application to make alterations to its northern runway, which at the moment is only used when the main runway is closed.


Protests by climate change activists on the London Underground this morning have led to some services being partially suspended.


The Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway were affected after protestors climbed on top of trains.


Social media footage showed frustrated commuters dragging demonstrators from the roof of a train. 


British Transport Police said: "At this time we have three separate incidents involving Extinction Rebellion protest action at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell. Arrests have been made and officers are working to quickly resume services."


Yesterday more than 1,500 climate change campaigners gathered in London's Trafalgar Square for an Emergency People's Assembly.


 

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