The Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental activist group has called for its supporters to occupy London City Airport (LCY) for up to three days from Thursday, October 10, through Saturday, October 12, as part of a two-week protest movement to bring awareness to climate change. Participants plan to gather at several locations in the Westminster area at 07:30 (local time) or gather directly at LCY at 09:00 on Thursday. Organizers have said that they plan to occupy and block security in the departure and arrival lounges. If that is not possible, they plan to occupy the DLR station and road outside the terminal. Consequent flight disruptions are possible.
The Metropolitan Police arrested at least 280 activists in London by 21:30 on Monday, October 7, as XR began its scheduled two-week shut down of the Westminster area. Several roads in the area are closed or partially blocked as of 07:52 on Tuesday, including:
- Strand in both directions between Lancaster Place and Trafalgar Square
- Trafalgar Square and its surroundings
- Whitehall in both directions
- Parliament Square and its surroundings
- Millbank in both directions
Transport authorities also report that there is also no access from Westminster Bridge into Parliament Square, and that traffic is moving slowly on all diversion routes.
A heightened security presence and transport disruptions, including traffic and flight delays, are expected during all protest action.
The Extinction Rebellion environmental group has organized disruptive protests around the world since November 2018 to demand increased action to address climate change issues. XR is planning a series of international protests starting the week of October 7. Previous protests by XR in central London caused significant transport and business disruptions in April 2019.
Individuals in London are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations, budget for additional travel time, prepare for associated disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
Travelers flying via LCY are advised to confirm flight reservations prior to leaving for the airport, allow additional time to access the airport, and to contact their airline for additional information.
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