Climate change activists blockade domestic flights at Manchester Airport
(8.10.2007 Plane Stupid and Daily Mail)
the security check-in of Terminal 3 of Manchester Airport. Passengers were denied
access to the departure lounge by 7 activists locked together using arm-tube devices.
Two banners were unfurled reading, "Manchester City Council… supporting climate chaos" and "Domestic flights cost the Earth".
the government is responsible for 13% of the UK’s global warming contribution.
The overwhelming majority of flights from terminal 3 are to domestic UK destinations
such as London Heathrow. These are the most unnecessary flights. The group are
calling for an end to all domestic and short-haul flights and for international
aviation to be included in the Climate Change Bill.
Council’s ‘Green City’ initiative and their 55% ownership of Manchester airport
. The airport intends to expand its annual passenger numbers from 22 million in
2005, to 39 million by 2015, to 50 million by 2030.
The Airport costs the people of Manchester in tax breaks and subsidies – this
money should be invested directly into green industries directly creating jobs
and relieving poverty. Climate Change will have a massive impact on our economy,
health and well-being. It is environmental and economic lunacy to consider any
expansion of aviation.”
flights to highlight the true cost of flying and to call the council to account
for their hypocrisy.”
we know about climate change. It’s absurd when there are train alternatives readily
available. The money earmarked for the expansion of British airports needs to
be redirected towards improving our rail infrastructure. We’re the last generation
who can stop climate change and time is running out.”