Latest statement: Extinction Rebellion protest threat at London City Airport

Please see below a rolling update of statements from London City Airport, regarding the Extinction Rebellion protest activity. The latest statement is positioned at the top of the page.

1930, Thursday 10th October 2019

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport:

“There are no longer any protestors outside the airport terminal but we continue to work with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that our passengers tonight and tomorrow have a safe and secure service.

“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.”


1400, Thursday 10th October 2019

A London City Airport spokesperson said:

“We can confirm that a booked passenger that climbed on top of an aircraft at London City Airport has been removed. 
 
"We are working with all partners to investigate, and ensure the safe and secure continuation of service.
 
“A number of protesters remain outside the front of the airport terminal and we are working hard with the Metropolitan Police to minimise disruption to passengers. As of 12.15PM, there were 55 arrivals and 58 departures.
 
“If you are flying to or from London City today, please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport.” 

0930, Thursday 10th October 2019

A London City Airport spokesperson said:

“We can confirm that a number of protesters have arrived at London City Airport. We continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the safe operation of the airport, which remains fully open and operational. As of 0915 there have been over 60 flights which have either arrived or departed.
 
“If you are flying from London City today, please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport.”

1300, Wednesday 9th October 2019

A London City Airport spokesperson said:

“We continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to prepare for the threat of Extinction Rebellion protests. Our shared priority is the safe operation of the airport and to minimise disruption for passengers using the airport over the coming days.
 
“All passengers travelling for the remainder of this week will be required to show their boarding pass to access the terminal. We’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience, and recommend that they check the status of their flights with their airline, before travelling to the airport.
 
“Climate change is a global challenge and we remain committed to building a more sustainable future for the airport and the aviation industry, ensuring that we are playing our part in meeting the UK’s 2050 carbon objectives.”

1700, Tuesday 8th October 2019

A London City Airport spokesperson said:

“We are aware of Extinction Rebellion’s threat of protest at London City Airport and are working with the Metropolitan 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.
 
“The climate change challenge is a matter for everyone, and we are committed to playing our part in achieving realistic plans to rapidly decarbonise. London City Airport has already reduced emissions by 30% over five years and we are committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as well as working with partners on initiatives that will significantly reduce overall emissions related to aviation.”