UK Environmental Protest Disrupts Bizav

 - August 16, 2007, 11:56 AM

British environmental protesters targeted business aviation today when they blockaded the main entrances to the London-area airports at Biggin Hill and Farnborough. The demonstrations were an offshoot of a week-long protest staged at London Heathrow Airport. At Biggin Hill, passengers and crew had to be temporarily diverted through alternative entrances while police forcibly removed protesters who had chained themselves to the gates. However, an airport spokesman insisted that no flights were delayed as a result of the action. Ten protesters were arrested and charged with aggravated trespass. Around 18 protesters tried to block the entrance to Farnborough Airport in the morning peak period. The demonstration soon dispersed after the airport opened alternative entrances. Richard George, a spokesman for the protesters at Biggin Hill, said that the group had deliberately targeted business aircraft passengers. “They are saying they will not only continue to fly, but they will fly in the most carbon-inefficient way possible,” he commented.