Online sources have indicated that Extinction Rebellion protesters have gathered at London City Airport (LCY) as of the morning (local time) on Thursday, October 10. An estimated 100 protesters are staging a sit-in at the forecourt of the airport, another group has gathered outside, and a few others are in the airport terminal. A police presence has also been reported and a number of protesters have been arrested.
Airport security is only granting airport access to passengers who have a boarding pass. Authorities have indicated that there are no delays or cancellations due to the protests as of 09:50.
In London, Metropolitan Police has arrested at least 800 activists by as of Wednesday, October 9, as XR continues its scheduled two-week shutdown of the Westminster area. Police began clearing protesters from the area on Tuesday, October 8 and have asked protesters to remain in Trafalgar Square. Several roads in the Westminster area remain closed.
A heightened security presence and transport disruptions, including traffic and flight delays, are expected during the protest action.
Protesters have scheduled a three-day sit in at the airport, set to begin on Thursday, as part of 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.
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.
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.
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