Heathrow Airport is allegedly the next target of Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters. Leaked WhatsApp messages show activists are planning to shut down the London airport tomorrow – although their strategy remains unknown. The threat comes as thousands of holidaymakers prepare to fly off on their Easter holidays. The airport operates around 1,300 flights a day and sees more than 200,000 passengers pass through every day. This is the latest travel advice.
The messages – which were shared on Twitter – read: “Tomorrow we raise the bar. We are going to shut down Heathrow.
“Many of you have expressed a desire to disrupt Heathrow – and so we wanted to share this action with you.
“For the Bank Holiday, we are halting swarming disruption and turning our focus onto the aviation industry. We want you to join us.”
The messages tell activists to take the 7.12am train from London Paddington station and alight at West Drayton where they are to meet by a local petrol station.
Extinction Rebellion is aware that holiday plans would be disrupted by their actions and expressed “deep remorse”.
“It is not our intention to cause further separation,” the leaked message said.
“However, the aviation industry needs to be targeted and we are all aware of the deep, structural change that needs to come.”
Heathrow Airport has said they are working to address anything that could disrupt the hub.
They advised passengers to contact their airlines regarding flights.
According to the UK Travel Retail Forum, three million British travellers are expected to fly from UK airports during the Easter period.
A Heathrow spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “We are working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport.
“While we respect the right to peaceful protest and agree with the need to act on climate change, we don’t agree that passengers should have their well-earned Easter Break holiday plans with family and friends disrupted.
“Passengers should contact their airlines for up to date information on their journeys.”
The new threat upon Heathrow Airport comes after days of climate change campaigners disrupting London transport.
Over the course of the day, the Met has been forced to put more than 1,000 police officers on the streets to police the demonstrations.
Police have been dealing with illegal protests at Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Parliament Square, where hundreds of demonstrators have gathered.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Our hard-working police officers have my full backing in their efforts to keep Londoners safe and to keep our city running, but I am now very concerned about the impact the protests will have on our ability to tackle issues like violent crime if they continue any longer.
“I urge everyone to co-operate with the police and comply with their instructions by attending Marble Arch as part of the legal protest – Marble Arch is the designated place that anyone wanting to protest should attend. If protesters don’t, and break the law, the police will have no choice but to make arrests.”