They’re blocking private jets and the tarmac |
Hundreds of climate chaos storm Schiphol Airport
New escalation level of climate chaos!
Over 500 activists from Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace have gained access to Dutch airport Schiphol. They have lain down under several private jets and also ride bicycles across the runway – and in doing so partially block air traffic.
According to reports, two medical flights are also affected by the climate blockade! A spokesman for the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) said that this information has not yet been confirmed by the airport. The EBAA called the action totally unacceptable.
What do the climate chaos want?
According to a statement by the demonstrators, local residents were also present to protest the airport’s noise. “The goal is not to allow private flights from Schiphol on Saturday,” the statement said.
According to a spokesman for the military police, six people have been arrested so far: “We are removing people from the airport premises. We still have a long way to go.”
According to the police, there has been no violence so far, but “now we have to intervene,” as the spokesman continues. The action was announced in advance by the demonstrators.
Meanwhile, the airport itself is surprisingly calm: Ruud Sondag, the new airport boss, explains that the activists are welcome. But: Everything should be “clean”.
In response to an open letter from Greenpeace, Sondag states that Schiphol is aiming for “zero-emission airports by 2030 and climate-neutral aviation by 2050. And we have a duty to play a pioneering role in this.” At the same time, he acknowledged that this had to happen more quickly.
The mayor of the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, Marianne Schuurmans, also states that she will “support the demonstration as much as possible”. Schiphol Airport is part of Haarlemmermeer.
However, she warns that the safety of travelers and workers at Schiphol must never be compromised. She also doesn’t want business processes to be disrupted. “Should that happen, I will intervene,” Schuurmans said in her statement.