London City Airport adding additional security procedures for Extinction Rebellion protests

Oct 9, 2019

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London City Airport will refuse entry to its terminal for the rest of the week for anyone without a valid boarding pass, as climate change protestors Extinction Rebellion plan to shut down the airport for at least three days from 9am this Thursday.

The airport is the latest target of the group, who have already been causing mass disruptions across the city all week, with 600 people arrested in just two days. Extinction Rebellion have themselves warned travellers to or from London City Airport (LCY) to expect delays and disrupted journeys from Thursday this week onwards, while insisting they will ‘peacefully occupy’ the terminal with a sit-in. The group say they have been inspired by Hong Kong’s dramatic protests, which have caused chaos at one of the world’s busiest airports.

Airport operators have been working with Met Police to minimise any impact on flight operations, including taking the unusual step of preventing friends and family of arriving or departing passengers from entering the airport. This also means chauffeur-vehicle drivers will not be able to greet customers in the arrivals hall.

A spokesperson for London City Airport has told City AM that they were working hard with local police to “ensure the safety and security of our passengers, as well as minimising any disruption to their journeys. We urge protesters to think twice about preventing hardworking people from travelling, be that families going on holiday from their local airport, tourists visiting London, or small businesses that rely on convenient connections.”

While the new boarding pass requirement would mean protestors would not be able to enter the airport terminal to conduct the sit-in, Extinction Rebellion have instructed protestors to purchase tickets leaving from the airport in order to gain access to the terminal to mix with legitimate passengers. Protestors then plan to block departure gates by performing the sit-in and potentially even glueing themselves to gates.

Major LCY tenants like British Airways have not announced any changes to services to or from the airport this week. If you are using the airport for the rest of this week allow extra time for likely delays entering the terminal, passing security and moving through departure gates.

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