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BAA: Airport protests create an Iraqi-style terror threat

The airport operator BAA raised the spectre of Iraqi-style terrorism at Heathrow yesterday as it sought to impose wide restrictions on the right of protestors to mount a climate change demonstration later this month. Article from the Independent.

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BAA denies seeking blanket ban on airport protest

BAA backtracked yesterday from trying to get one of the widest-ranging injunctions ever sought in Britain and denied it was trying to stop 5 million members of the National Trust and other groups going to Heathrow to demonstrate against climate change. Story in The Guardian by John Vidal

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BAA ‘tried to criminalise 5 million people’ over protests at Heathrow

BAA, the owner of Heathrow, backed down yesterday in its attempt to secure a far-reaching injunction that could have resulted in 5 million people being banned from using roads and public transport near the airport. Bringing its application in the High Court, the company said that the injunction would apply only to "protesters" against airport expansion who were acting unlawfully during the Camp for Climate Action, from August 14 to 21. Ben Webster story from The Times

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High Court confusion over exactly who BAA wants to ban from protesting at Heathrow

BAA suffered further embarrassment in its attempt to block a climate change demonstration at Heathrow, when a High Court judge admitted yesterday to being confused over exactly who the company wanted to ban from travelling to the airport. Amid scenes of near farce at the Royal Courts of Justice, Justice Caroline Swift, asked Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, the lawyer representing BAA's subsidiary, Heathrow Airport Limited, to clarify the terms of the injunction he was seeking, stating: "I have to know what I am being asked to do."

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“TRICKERY, DECEIT AND MANIPULATION” – says Stop Stansted Expansion

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has welcomed the exposure this week of BAA's PR agency PPS by the Channel 4 Dispatches programme and the London Evening Standard. "Trickery, Deceit and Manipulation" was the headline used by the Evening Standard to describe PPS's activities, including infiltrating local residents protest groups, obtaining tapes of private meetings, impersonation and undercover operations and forging letters of support from local people.

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Why can’t the WI protest against these bullies that run our airports?

Twitchers, Women's Institute stalwarts, even the Prince of Wales could face arrest due to an extraordinary court case. BAA, which owns Heathrow, has brought in legal heavies to stop a group called Airport Watch from protesting against a third runway.

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Climate Camp welcome, say Heathrow villages

Climate Camp tonight set out their stall at the Sipson Community Centre, only yards from the noise and the hell that is Heathrow. It was standing room only in a packed hall as activists, local organisers and their MP combined to receive a unanimous welcome. They spoke with a common thread. Climate Camp was not about bringing violence nor aggression, Climate Camp was a community for whom the penny had dropped - they realised that the future of mankind depended on the decisions made by this generation.

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Battle of Heathrow: Opposition to BAA’s injunction grows

Heathrow airport's owner BAA was isolated and assailed from all sides yesterday as it headed for a legal and physical showdown with protesters over an attempt to ban a mass demonstration against climate change that has enraged civil rights groups. Within hours of its disclosure, politicians, lawyers and protesters condemned an injunction that would prevent five million members of the public from attending the Camp for Climate Action as "ludicrous," "absurd" and "unenforceable".

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Heathrow puts up legal barricades to keep away protesters

If you're a member of the National Trust, the RSPB, the Woodland Trust or FoE, then you could be banned from Britain's biggest airport. And the Piccadilly line. And parts of Paddington station. And sections of the M4. All because the authorities want to halt a protest against climate change... BAA has begun moves that would allow police to arrest members of 15 environmental groups to prevent them taking part in demonstrations against airport expansion.

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Another draconian attempt to curb Britain’s civil liberties

The attempt to prevent demonstrators from reaching Heathrow airport is the latest in a long line of erosion of civil liberties which started during Tony Blair's reign. Their anger centres on the use of Section 44 of the 2000 Terrorism Act, which gives police the power to stop and search anyone in an area considered a likely terrorist target

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Heathrow asks court to block protesters

Britain's largest airport operator is to ask the High Court to block a climate protest which threatens to wreck the travel plans of nearly 1.5 million Heathrow passengers. Up to 2,000 environmentalists are planning a day of direct action "aiming to disrupt the activities of the airport and aviation industry" next month, during a week-long camp starting on August 14.

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Oil and gas may run short by 2015, say industry experts

Humanity is approaching an unprecedented crisis when not enough oil and gas will be produced to keep industrial civilisation running, the world's top oilmen warned. The warning – which is being hailed as a "tipping point" on both sides of the Atlantic – marks the first time that the industry has accepted that it may soon no longer be able to meet demand for its products.

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Eskimo accused of ‘apocalyptic green spin’ in row over Stansted expansion

An Eskimo was at the centre of a furious row over claims that air travel had become a victim of 'apocalyptic green spin'. Aqqaluk Lynge, from Greenland, is visiting Britain this week to protest against the expansion of Stansted Airport, arguing that aviation-linked global warming is destroying the Eskimos' way of life. But he became the subject of a savage counter-attack by a new industry campaign backed by airlines and airport owners.

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Inuit leader to give evidence against airport expansion at Stansted Public Inquiry

The Leader of Greenland's indigenous human rights organisation the Inuit Circumpolar Council and expert member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Aqqaluk Lynge, will give evidence this week (on Friday 27 July) to the Public Inquiry into the proposed expansion of Stansted Airport.

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East Midlands Airport’s noise complaints soar

East Midlands Airport (EMA) has received almost 8,000 complaints in the past year - most from just five people worried about noise, the airport said. Complaints about the airport rose from 4,500 in 2005 to 7,978 in 2006, with almost 60% of last year's complaints generated by a few local residents.

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High Speed 1 makes Paris and Brussels commutable

Eurostar has published its debut timetable for services from St Pancras International using High Speed 1 – the UK’s first full-length 186mph line. For the first time, business travellers from Britain will be able to reach the centres of both Paris and Brussels before 0900 local time, enabling people to do a full day’s work without travelling the night before.

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Birmingham airport to get runway extension by 2012

Birmingham International Airport will get its long-awaited runway extension by 2012, it was confirmed last night. The two companies bidding to buy a 48.25% shareholding in BIA are prepared to enter into a formal agreement to build the 400-metre extension across the A45 which will cost £120 million and open up direct flights to China and the west coast of America.

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Ryanair’s green claims criticised by ASA

Ryanair has been ordered not to repeat an advertisement that played down the impact of aviation on the environment. In a press campaign the airline claimed the airline industry "accounts for just 2% of CO2 emissions". The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled it breached rules on truthfulness by not explaining the figure was based on global rather than UK emissions.

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Noise ‘footprint’ from Heathrow leaves its mark across the capital

Noise from Heathrow is a 'significant' problem across the whole of London, with even people on the opposite side of the capital from the airport suffering distress, according to new research. A report blames a boom in flying and increases the pressure on government ministers, who are expected to announce in the autumn a decision on whether to build a third runway and sixth terminal at the world's busiest international airport.

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STOP STANSTED EXPANSION PUBLIC INQUIRY EVIDENCE STARTS

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) will begin giving evidence on Tuesday 17 July at the Public Inquiry into plans to expand the capacity of Stansted’s single runway. Their evidence continues all week, and also from 24th to 27th July.

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Rail industry admits that it’s often greener for families to travel by car

It can be greener to drive than catch the train, according to a rail industry study which reveals that trains are losing their environmental advantage. Modern diesel-powered trains are so polluting that a family of 3 or more would be responsible for at least double the CO2 emissions on many routes when travelling by rail compared with driving in a typical medium-sized car.

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Ships emit more CO2 than aircraft

The global shipping industry is responsible for 1.2bn tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, far more than aviation's 600m tonnes, according to an estimate published yesterday. The previous widely accepted estimate was 600m-800m tonnes a year.

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Government invests £40m in developing ‘green’ aviation

The government has awarded £40m to the British aerospace industry to research and develop "green" aviation engines with the aim of reducing the impact of flying on the environment. The project, Environmentally Friendly Engine, is a £95m industrial collaboration, led by aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce, to design and test technologies for more fuel efficient engines with reduced noise, carbon and nitrogen emissions.

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Grassroots rebellion could halt growth in flights – Jeff Gazzard

The climate change impacts of flying have generated many column inches in recent months and quite rightly so. Our addiction to flying around the world for those oh-so-vital three-hour business meetings or that irresistible 99p fare plus taxes and charges to get drunk in Prague without a care in the world has come under severe pressure.

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Manchester: Grounded – Another victory in battle to curb airport growth

Against all expectations, the local Macclesfield borough council has won a planning inquiry to prevent Manchester airport expanding onto Cheshire green belt land, to create extra car parking as it seeks to increase passenger numbers, from 22 million a year to 50 million by 2030, doubling its revenue to £2.1bn.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner completes its first flight

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger aircraft has successfully completed its first 3-hour test flight in the US.   The 787 project had been delayed by two-and-a-half years following a series of hitches, including design problems. It could be one of the world's most fuel-efficient planes.   It is powered by Rolls-Royce engines designed in the UK.   It will now go into  9 months of continuous testing, with  6 planes flying around the clock. The Dreamliner has attracted some 800 orders.   (BBC)

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UK Gets Tough On Open Skies Talks

British transport minister Ruth Kelly told the United States on Thursday that Europe would press for further liberalization of transatlantic air traffic. "It is neither in America's nor Europe's interests for the restrictions to continue," she said. In March, EU transport ministers gave unanimous support to an "open skies" deal which will allow EU airlines to fly from any city in the 27-nation bloc to any city in the United States and vice versa, replacing restrictive bilateral arrangements that date back to World War Two.

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New runway plans at Luton shelved

Bosses at London Luton Airport have unexpectedly withdrawn plans to build a new runway. TBI, the company which owns the airport, planned to build a full length replacement runway to the south of the existing runway, with a new terminal. They said the reason plans had been shelved was because it would take too long to make a return on the money that it would cost to build.

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Carlisle – £25m airport expansion unveiled

A £25m plan has been unveiled to bring passenger services to Carlisle Airport. The airport only has one 65-year-old runway, no radar or instrument landing equipment and is only suitable for private aircraft and flight training. But Stobart Air wants to build a new runway, control tower, hangars and additional facilities, with a view to launching passenger services. The firm is to submit a planning application and proposes services to London, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris.

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Dilemma – If you need to fly, is it possible to go green?

The green airline is an oxymoron; air travel will be the fastest-growing source of carbon emissions by 2050. By 2020 we in the UK will take half a billion flights annually (up from 189m in 2002). Aviation does far more damage than its carbon emissions alone would suggest. Despite this it has a rather charmed life: no VAT, no fuel duty and is exempt from the climate-change levy.

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Bournemouth airport’s £32m expansion approved

A £32m planned redevelopment of Bournemouth Airport has been given the green light by Christchurch Borough Council planners. Airport bosses drew up the plans to meet an expected rise in passenger numbers from about one million this year to 3 million within 10 years. Work at the airport is expected to take up to 5 years.   (BBC and   Christchurch Council)

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West London residents halt traffic outside DfT Headquarters

West London residents protesting about plans to expand Heathrow dramatically stopped traffic outside the Department for Transport (DfT) offices in Central London before attempting an invasion of the building. They carried a bed - containing 2 figures symbolising the close relationship between BAA and the DfT under the slogan "DfT in bed with BAA" - along Marsham Street to the DfT.

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Greenpeace targets UK airports with climate ticket exchanges

Greenpeace campaigners handed out free train tickets to UK air travellers while pilots urged them to stop feeling guilty. Greenpeace set up booths at London City, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh airports on Tuesday where travellers on British Airways domestic flights could swap the return section of their plane ticket for a train ticket.

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Climate activists glued to doors at East Midlands airport

On the afternoon of Saturday 16th June, climate campaigners glued themselves to the doors of the short-haul East Midlands airport to draw attention to the environmental impacts of flying as part of a European day of action on short-haul flights called by pressure group Airport Watch.

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Big Ben to the Eiffel tower – could Eurostar beat a plane?

HACAN ClearSkies, and NoTRAG - the two airport campaign groups at Heathrow airport - staged a race on Saturday 16th June, to see if Eurostar passengers could beat the plane. Did the train have a chance? The racers set off, in the full glare of the TV cameras, from Westminster as Big Ben struck 11 o’clock. The train people settled comfortably in their seats and left Waterloo on time just after midday.

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Coventry Airport’s application for a new passenger terminal rejected by Government

The decision follows a lengthy public inquiry, which saw major criticism from Birmingham International Airport (BIA) and a number of conservation groups in the region. The extra terminal would have catered for an additional two million passengers per year but BIA bosses had raised concerns over an airspace conflict with the Baginton airport.

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New study on climate change caused by Gatwick flights

An important new study into the climate change damage caused by flights from Gatwick Airport has been undertaken by the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign. Based on official government statistics, the study shows that UK citizens on return flights from Gatwick each year are responsible for emissions equivalent to more than the total CO2 emissions from all activities in all Surrey and West Sussex.

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BA under fire as it raises long-haul fuel surcharge

British Airways was yesterday accused of a "rip-off" by its bitter rival Ryanair as it raised its controversial long-haul fuel surcharge for the second time in 5 weeks. BA blamed rising fuel costs for charging long-haul passengers on journeys under 9 hours £38 extra for a single journey and £76 return, up from £33 and £66 respectively.

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Planning Disaster – and the Planning White Paper consultation

The Government's Planning White Paper is out for consultation till 17th August. It will fast-track massive and damaging new developments, increase UK CO2 emissions, and reduce the right of local people to object to schemes that threaten their communities.

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Climate activist glues herself to door of Lastminute.com

An environmental activist was so enraged that lastminute.com continue to push 'short haul' flights whilst knowing the damage they do to the climate, that she super-glued herself to the front door of the company's Victoria HQ. At 8am this morning, Penny Eastwood - a member of climate action group, Plane Stupid, pasted superglue over her hands and glued herself to the front doors of the building.

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Norwich airport expansion bid

The city's airport could treble in size within the next 25 years, bringing with it 1,400 jobs and investment that would help put Norwich 'on the map'. That was the view of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), who commissioned a study into the impact of potential expansion at Norwich International Airport.

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BT Drops Its Carbon Footprint with Teleconferencing

Replacing business travel with teleconferencing has allowed British Telecom to avoid more than 860,000 face-to-face meetings worldwide and saved at least 97,000 tons of carbon emissions, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by the University of Bradford and SustainIT, looked at the economic, environmental and social impact of conferencing at BT.

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Stansted expansion inquiry starts

The public inquiry into BAA's plans to expand Stansted's capacity started on 30th May. BAA wants to increase passenger numbers from 25 to 35 million a year, and to increase the number of air traffic movements permitted from the airport from 241,000 to 264,000 a year. Plans were rejected by Uttlesford District Council so a final decision will now be made at the inquiry.

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Ancient forest threatened by airport expansion bid

Hatfield Forest has coexisted with humanity for generations without coming to much harm. But this week the forest, among the last remaining of its type in Europe, faces what its custodians at the National Trust say is the sternest test yet of its survival, the ever-increasing thirst for air travel. It lies too close to Stansted airport.

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Climate change activists plan Heathrow camp

Climate change activists said that they expected more than 2,000 people from all over Britain to join west London residents in a mass direct action against plans to expand Heathrow airport. The activists announced that they would set up a "high impact" climate camp near the airport between August 14-21

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Ryanair Likely To Give Conservative Outlook

Ryanair expects to give "very conservative" guidance when it publishes full-year results next month due to falling ticket prices. "There's no doubt in our minds that yields are going to be softer," O'Leary said of average ticket prices during a news conference in Milan.

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BAA airports passenger numbers down – 0.9% in November and down – 1.3% in October

  November traffic figures – BAA’s airports BAA’s airports served a total of 7.8 million passengers in November; a drop of 0.9% compared with the same month last year. The comparison with last year is complicated by weather related disruptions in both years and the UKBA strike on 30 November 2011… 12 December 2011 October […]

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New WDM report shows ‘aviation loophole’ undermines flagship UK Government Bill

Britain cannot meet its target of reducing CO2 emissions by 60% by 2050 unless it includes international aviation emissions in the climate bill according to a new report, ‘Emissions Invisible’, from anti poverty campaigners the World Development Movement.

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Binge-flying culture is just beginning. The only way to stop it is a severe tax (Max Hastings)

Almost all of us are hypocrites on climate change. We will not quit our aviation habit until it really hurts our pockets. Mark Ellingham now declares that "binge flying" constitutes a huge threat to the global environment. "If the travel industry rosily goes ahead as it is doing, ignoring the effect that carbon emissions from flying are having on climate change, we are putting ourselves in a very similar position to the tobacco industry."

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Leeds Bradford Airport’s new owner in £70m growth pledge

The new owner of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBIA) completed the £145.5m deal – and immediately announced £70m plans to more than double passenger numbers. The sale of the airport to private equity group Bridgepoint brought a windfall for the five West Yorkshire councils which owned it – and a commitment by the new owner to "take the airport up a league".

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Redhill Aerodrome

Air France is considering launching a rival service to Eurostar on the London-to-Paris high-speed route. From 2010, foreign train operators will be entitled to operate international services within Europe and the French airline has signalled already that it may seek to recoup some of the traffic lost through the Channel Tunnel.

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Sir Monty urges Britain to vote for climate change in the local elections

Sir Montgomery Cecil, Aviator and Chairman of Spurt, used a series of advertisements in the national press to urge the great British public to vote Labour in this week's local elections. Enjoy Sir Monty's voting advice, as seen in Unlimited Spurt's adverts by Enough's Enough

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Flight turbulence over plans for Lydd airport expansion

Plans for Lydd airport in Kent to expand have put it at the centre of a clash between environmentalists and the aviation industry. The owners of Lydd's tiny airport, which currently handles only light aircraft and small private jets, want to cash in on the cheap-flights boom and have applied to extend its runway and build a new terminal. The RSPB is fighting back.

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The London Assembly oppose plans for a sixth terminal.

Members of the London Assembly have added their voices to the growing chorus of protest at plans for further expansion at Heathrow Airport by passing a motion, supported by all the main parties, condemning the Government's plans for a sixth terminal and third runway at the airport.

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Plans to change airspace over East Anglia revealed

Airspace above East Anglia could see significant changes to allow for expansion at Stansted and Luton airports, BBC Look East has discovered. New holding stacks are proposed close to the airports and over built-up areas although National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has said no plans are finalised.

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New flightpaths to expose new areas to noise

New flightpaths planned for Heathrow will expose many new areas to aircraft noise. NATS are currently drawing up plans for the additional routes. The work also includes new stacks. The Government is not planning to hold public inquires on the changes which are expected to take effect in 2009.

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Millions face life under flightpath

Hundreds of thousands more homes will be blighted by low-flying aircraft when flight paths are redrawn to deal with 1 million extra flights a year over Britain by 2015. The airspace to be redesigned is the most complex in the world, involving aircraft that use Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and smaller airports such as London City, Northolt, Southend and Biggin Hill.

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Swedish airport runway seized by climate activists

On 14 April, activists broke into Bromma Airport in Stockholm to occupy the runway for half an hour. A scheduled flight to Gothenburg was delayed, and some planes had to divert their landing. The 10 activists, linked by chains and carrying a huge banner which read "Stop domestic flights", managed to enter the airport and runway without being detected.

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Tranquillity of Hever destroyed by Gatwick jets

Hever Castle in Kent, Anne Boleyn's childhood home, is facing a new threat from the air as peaceful family days out are shattered by the incessant roar of jets heading for Gatwick Airport, just 10 miles away. Campaigners and management say the noise from aircraft is strangling its appeal as a tourist attraction and filming location. Its open-air theatre company is considering moving on because members are tired of having their performances ruined by overhead noise.

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Lydd Airport sheds a third of its jobs

Lydd Airport in Kent is to make a third of its staff redundant, saying it can no longer sustain operating losses. Staff were told that 25 jobs out of 77 will be lost as managers restructure and merge departments to save money. Managing director Zak Deir said opposition and delays to obtaining planning permission for expansion plans had put pressure on finances.

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Klimax Sweden occupy Airport runway – Stop Domestic Flights

Activists broke into Bromma Airport in Stockholm to occupy the runway for half an hour. The scheduled flight to Gothenburg – a very short distance indeed – was delayed, and some planes had to divert their landing. The ten activists, linked by chains and carrying a huge banner which read "Stop domestic flights", managed to enter the airport and runway without being detected.

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Referendums reject London Ashford (Lydd) Airport plans

People living near London Ashford Airport (Lydd) in Kent have voted against its plans for expansion in 2 town referendums. The airport wants to build a new terminal building to handle up to 500,000 passengers a year - the equivalent of 10 flights a day. It has also submitted a planning application for two runway extensions, together 444m (1,456ft) in length. Electors in Lydd and New Romney voted by 2:1 on 4th April against proposals to expand the airport.

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Air travel poses major threat to biodiversity, say scientists

Global air travel has become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and public health by driving the spread of alien species and infectious diseases to new habitats, scientists report. The explosive growth of worldwide airlines has seen passenger numbers rise 8% a year in the past three years, creating travel networks that link remote and isolated ecosystems for the first time, boosting the spread of micro-organisms and insects to unprecedented levels.

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Low-cost flights herald age of ‘hypermobility’

The spread of low-cost air travel has created a phenomenon of "hypermobility" that has changed the leisure and career options for millions of people, according to an Oxford academic, and flying is no longer the preserve of the rich. Much of the growth in aviation within Europe had been triggered by the fall of the Iron Curtain and the enlargement of the European Union to include former members of the Warsaw Pact.

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IPCC 4th report – Billions face climate change risk

Billions of people face shortages of food and water and increased risk of flooding, experts at a major climate change conference of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have warned. The bleak conclusion came ahead of the publication of a key report by hundreds of international environmental experts. The report states that the observed increase in the global average temperature was "very likely" due to man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

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IPPR: ‘Put green warnings on adverts for flights’

Ads for flights, holidays and cars should carry tobacco-style health warnings to combat the public's "addiction" to polluting transport and reduce climate change, the think-tank IPPR recommended. They also said carbon offsetting charges should be included in fares as part of radical efforts to cut CO2 emissions.

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RSPB concern to bird populations if Lydd airport is allowed to expand

Lydd Airport has submitted planning applications for a runway extension and new terminal. If permission is granted, this will expand their capacity from the 4,000 passengers per annum they currently handle, to half a million passengers - part of their strategy to increase capacity to 2 million passengers in the future. The RSPB is very concerned about the impacts these proposals could have on the local environment and its wildlife.

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Middle Eastern billionaire signs up for ultimate toy – an A380

A mystery Middle Eastern client has signed a letter of intent for the ultimate boys' toy - a VIP version of the double-decker Airbus A380 superjumbo. The client, whose identity remains a closely guarded secret, has asked Airbus for the first available manufacturing slot for an aircraft that executives have dubbed internally as "The Flying Palace".

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European Parliament set to back tough rules on aircraft emissions

In December 2006, the Commission tabled a legislative proposal to include aviation in the emissions-trading system (ETS). If approved by Parliament and Council, the scheme would enter into force as of 2011 for all intra-EU flights and one year later for all flights using EU airports. The contentious issues are: 1). the Commission's decision not to include international flights in the scheme until one year after intra-EU flights (in 2011), and; 2). the level of the cap that airlines will be subject to and the system for distributing allowances.

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Budget airline – Flyforbeans – to launch routes from Cardiff

A new budget airline - Flyforbeans - has been launched at Cardiff International Airport, with the promise of creating 100 jobs. It hopes to start flying to European destinations towards the end of 2007, with route details being made public by the autumn. The airline, launched by air consultancy SkyMerlin, said these would include airports in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and eastern Europe.

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MP tackles air noise battle

John Barrett MP has joined with other MPs near Scottish airports to step up Westminster moves to secure a fair deal for local residents affected by noise levels on their flightpaths. He has launched an Early Day Motion (EDM 1068) in parliament on the issue. It begins: "That this House notes with concern the disparity in the help provided by British Airports Authority (BAA) for residents affected by noise levels above an average of 66 decibels at Scottish airports as compared with English airports;"

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Anglesey airport brings rich potential

THE island of Anglesey could become a playground for the rich and famous once an RAF air base becomes available for private aeroplanes. The Welsh Assembly Government is funding a £1m new facility at RAF Valley, near Holyhead, to enable weekday flights to begin between Anglesey and Cardiff airport this summer.

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Virgin unveils Kenya route plans

Virgin Atlantic has announced it is to start daily direct flights from London to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi - a move that may trigger a price war with BA. Virgin expects to carry 100,000 people from the UK to Kenya in its first year. A 2nd daily flight might be added if there was demand, to capture more than 25% of the market.

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport the fastest-growing in UK

Liverpool John Lennon Airport was named as the fastest-growing in the UK. Passengers numbers climbed 13% in 2006 compared with the previous year, according to the CAA. Just under 5m people travelled through JLA, compared with 4.4m in 2005. The 13% increase at Liverpool was compared with a rise in passenger numbers at UK airports of just under 3%.

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Code sharing by airlines

    A codeshare agreement, sometimes simply codeshare, is an aviation business arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight. A seat can be purchased on one airline but is actually operated by a cooperating airline under a different flight number or code. The term “code” refers to the identifier used in flight schedule, generally the two-characterIATA airline […]

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Carbon footprint of products to be displayed on label package

The Carbon Trust is launching a green equivalent to the Fairtrade label - a consumer label which details the carbon footprint of a product and a commitment by its producer to reduce it. Several major brand products, including Walkers crisps (carbon footprint: 75g), Boots Organics shampoo (148g) and Innocent smoothies (294g), will test the use of the logo - a white arrow wrapped in a black letter C. Over time it is expected that many more will join.

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The Battle of Newquay: Green lobby launches war to curb domestic flights (Binge Flying?)

Next Tuesday, a British Airways 737 jet will begin taxi-ing on the runway at Gatwick airport in preparation for the short flight to Newquay in Cornwall. If BA bosses' ambitions are met, up to 140 passengers paying as little as £69 return could be kicking back in their seats ahead of the one-hour hop ahead of them.

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Sir Montgomery’s recognition of the few who fly for the many

Sir Montgomery Cecil, Chairman of spurt-aviation.com, is placing a huge motivational 96 sheet billboard en-route from Paddington to Heathrow Airport, so passengenrs aboard the Heathrow Express train, on the way to catch their plane, can ponder the magnificent contribution they are making.

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Business leaders back scheme for Edinburgh airport runway in Fife

A new runway for Edinburgh airport would be built in Fife, under proposals backed by businesses in the area. Consultants have drafted proposals to build a runway for Edinburgh airport 40 miles north, claiming it would cut traffic on the Forth Road Bridge. Fife's Federation of Small Businesses has backed the plans, which would see an airstrip built near Glenrothes as part of Edinburgh Airport, but the proposal has been condemned by environmental campaigners.

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Angry Heathrow residents disrupt Minister’s speech at Chatham House

Airport residents resort to direct action techniques for the first time, which marks a new phase in resistance to Heathrow airport expansion. They stormed the stage at an aviation industry conference and disrupted an address being made by the Transport Minister, Douglas Alexander.

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