Nantes plans to build a new airport – could it become the French Heathrow?
from visting them in South West France. 4,500 people demonstrated against plans
for a new airport on Sunday 12th July and 14,000 over 2 days.
struggle against the third runway.
sympathetic politicians and direct action activists who have set up the
and land of small-holders whose families have farmed on the agricultural land
the local community has staged direct action protests. They are now supported
by a camp of activists from all over Europe. On Sunday they all came together
for what, each year, has become one of Europe’s biggest annual protests. 4,500
people formed the human aeroplane, pictured above, with the defiant message that
“we will win”. Amongst those joining them for the weekend protest was both the
radical activist José Bové and the Green Partycandidate in next year’s presidential
surprising as it has become the biggest airport campaign in Europe. If the Greens
get enough votes in the Presidential Election they will insist that the dropping
of the new airport will be a key condition in any deal they may do with the socialists.
the fast TGV from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, the proposed airport – Nantes
International – is little more than an exercise in ego-building by the regional
politicians in the ruling socialist party. The campaigners have commissioned a
report from the respected Dutch economic consultancy, CE Delft, to prove that
the airport is unnecessary.
across Europe. Go down to the camp. And, in a few months, they may be organizing
an event, possibly in Paris, where supporters will be asked to come from all over
Europe. Our chance to deal another devastating blow to airport building in Europe.
to start in 2014 and an opening date in 2017 . Initially the airport will have a capacity of four million passengers a year,
increasing to nine million by 2050. This compares with the current capacity at
Nantes Atlantique of three million passengers a year, a capacity that it is claimed
cannot be increased because of the proximity of the airport to the city centre
(a distance of only 8 km (5 mi)).
and work is due to start on it in 2012, for completion in 2015 (2017?).
Plane Stupid takes a visit to the ZAD (Zone À Défendre) at Nantes Notre Dame