Extinction Rebellion protester climbs plane at London City Airport


An Extinction Rebellion protester climbed on top of a plane at London City Airport as climate change campaigners caused disruption to flyers.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested as part of the Capital-wide protests, with 50 more taken into custody during yesterday’s airport demonstration.

James Brown, a Paralympian cyclist from Northern Ireland, had booked himself a seat on flight BA8453 to Amsterdam and passed through airport security before hoisting himself on top of the aircraft.

Another man refused to take his seat as the flight was delayed by nearly two hours.

The flight eventually had to be cancelled, alongside another British Airways flight (BA4472) due to a knock-on crew shortage.

Speaking yesterday, Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said: “The airport has remained fully operational throughout the day and has run an almost complete schedule of flights, with just two flights cancelled as a result of the protest activity.

“We want to thank all our passengers today for their patience, and the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police for their support and professionalism.

“If you are flying from London City Airport this evening or tomorrow, please do check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport.”