Extinction Rebellion activists blocked all major entrances to airport

Extinction Rebellion activists claim to have blocked all major entrances to a private airport in protest at private jet emissions.

A stretch limousine was parked outside the gates of Farnborough Airport in Hampshire as part of the protest.

The demonstrators, including a former airline pilot, draw attention to emissions from private flights.

A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion said: “As leaders gather for the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow this month, protesters are calling on the world’s super-rich elite of celebrities, oligarchs and business leaders to abandon private flights.

“These private planes, only 1% of the world’s population, cause half of the world’s emissions from aviation. Extinction Rebellion is also calling for the government to stop private flights now.

“The 30,000 private flights to and from Farnborough Airport carry an average of only 2.3 passengers each year, with each passenger responsible for the emission of nine times as much CO2 as an economy flight to the USA and 20 times as much as to Spain.

“The airport has permission to increase flight movements to 50,000 per year.

“In protest against this wanton pollution by the super-rich, Extinction Rebellion blocked three major airport entrances today.

“The third entrance is barricaded by a stretch limousine, the driver is clamped to the steering wheel and a demonstrator disguised as a media mogul is glued to the roof.”

Protester Todd Smith, 32, a former airline pilot from Reading, Berkshire, criticized Farnborough Airport’s move to offer sustainable aviation fuel as an alternative fuel.

He said: “The term ‘sustainable aviation fuel’ was coined by the aviation and fossil fuel industries to mislead the public and to wash green the extremely destructive nature of biofuels.

“Biofuels lead to land grabbing, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, rising food prices and land use emissions that can be worse than the fossil fuels they are replacing.”

Farnborough Airport declined to comment when contacted by the PA news agency.

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