Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Industry and Business News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Environmentalists climb on Heathrow jet in airport protest: officials

Climate campaigners demonstrate on the roof of an aircraft at London's Heathrow airport in west London, on February 25, 2008. The four protestors, two women and two male activists, waited until all the passengers had disembarked from the one-hour flight from Manchester before walking through double doors at the terminal, crossing an area of tarmac and climbing stairs on to the fuselage. Photo courtesy AFP.
by Staff Writers
London (AFP) Feb 25, 2008
Four activists from environmental campaigners Greenpeace breached security at London Heathrow to stage a protest on top of a jet against the airport's planned expansion, the group said Monday.

The activists climbed on top of a British Airways Boeing 777 plane which had just landed from Manchester at around 0945 GMT and unfurled a huge banner across the tailfin reading: "Climate Emergency -- No Third Runway".

Their action came two days before the end of a government consultation on plans to expand Heathrow, notably by building a third runway, which have proved highly controversial with green campaigners and some local people.

Supporters of the scheme including airlines and business argue that it is vital to sustain London's status as a world financial centre.

One of those involved in the protest, Anna Jones, 27, said: "I am standing on this plane because our planet and the people who live on it are in danger.

"Climate change can be beaten but not by doubling the size of the world's biggest airport."

The demonstrators were arrested by police after spending about an hour and a half on top of the jet. Services at Heathrow were largely unaffected.

BAA, which operates most of Britain's airports, said it would carry out a "full investigation" into the incident.

A spokesman said: "There is an important debate to be had regarding airport expansion and BAA respects people's democratic right to protest lawfully.

"However, direct action on the airfield is unlawful and irresponsible."

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways and a supporter of the expansion plan, said that aviation only produced about two percent of carbon emissions.

And he added that a third runway would not lead overall to an increase because by then, aviation emissions would be capped by the European Union's carbon trading scheme.

Related Links
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


NASA opens a rotary wing research project
Washington (UPI) Feb 20, 2008
The U.S. space agency announced it is seeking research projects associated with its subsonic rotary wing project.







  • HP And Qualcomm To Deliver Options For Worldwide Internet Access
  • Google's Android debuts in Barcelona
  • Nokia says to launch touch-screen phone in late '08
  • Lenovo pitching PCs to wider French market

  • Interorbital Systems Taps Destiny Space To Book Space Tourism And Satellite Launches
  • Mitsubishi Targeting Foreign Satellite Launch Orders
  • Japan successfully launches high-speed Internet satellite
  • Arianespace Mission Update: The ATV Has Been Integrated On Its Ariane 5 Launcher

  • Environmentalists climb on Heathrow jet in airport protest: officials
  • NASA opens a rotary wing research project
  • All-star line-up at first Singapore Airshow
  • Military Aircraft To Perform Aviation Safety Research

  • Northrop Grumman And Harris Demonstrate Airborne Networking
  • EADS DS Delivers Army Command And Control Information System To Franco-German Brigade
  • Thompson Files: Electronic war blindness
  • Harris Provides American Forces Network With Broadcast System To Reach One Million Troops

  • Satellite Debris Analysis Indicates Hydrazine Tank Hit
  • Darkest material developed in lab
  • NASA And Northrop Grumman Partner To Measure The Immeasurable
  • US DoD Succeeds In Intercepting Non-Functioning Satellite

  • NASA Names John Shannon New Space Shuttle Manager
  • Michael Larkin Appointed Executive Vice President Of Orbital's Satellite Business Unit
  • Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Looks To Future With Leadership Changes
  • Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Names Carey VP For ISR Systems

  • NASA Extends Mission For Ball Aerospace-Built ICESat
  • CIRA Scientist Among Authors Of Book Celebrating 50 Years Of Earth Observations From Space
  • Indonesia To Develop New EO Satellite
  • Russia To Launch Space Project To Monitor The Arctic In 2010

  • Western Data Systems Markets Handheld Laser Systems Line of Products
  • Telematics Outshines Telemetry In North America
  • Garmin Opening Offices To Serve Australia And New Zealand
  • Successful EGNOS Trial In San Sebastian

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement