Climate protesters ‘close’ Biggin Hill Airport’
16.8.2007 (UK Airport News)
protesting against the growth in the number of people using private jets as opposed
to scheduled flights. Meanwhile, about 20 protesters at Farnborough airport in
Hampshire – another private jet hub – blockaded the gate for around two-and-a-half
attempt to disrupt the business flights into and out of the airport, said an airport
spokesperson. They vowed to stay chained to the airport in Kent until they are
removed by police.
who are putting two fingers up to attempts by the rest of us who try to cut our
carbon emissions by saying they will not only continue to fly, but they will fly
in the most carbon inefficient way possible.’
Biggin Hill Airport, which is operated as an executive business jet hub, told
Thomson Financial News that although passengers had used a different access road
during the incident, there had been no disruption to flights.
the world’s busiest international airport, whose organisers have promised to take
‘direct action’ against expansion plans. Richard George, 26 – from Plane Stupid
– spokesman for the group, said the protest was in no way a ‘dry run’ for what
is planned at the weekend for Heathrow.
Biggin Hill Airport protesters in court
by bolting themselves to the metal bars on August 16. All 10 were arrested and
charged with aggravated trespass.
they were removed from the scene. Passengers arriving for flights were diverted
to other entrances in the airport. No flights were diverted or delayed.
which also saw protesters start a blockade at Heathrow Airport last week.
was withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service against three of the defendants.
The other seven pleaded guilty and were given an absolute discharge.