Climate activists cancel around 60 flights at Munich airport

Climate activists cancel around 60 flights at Munich airport
Climate activists cancel around 60 flights at Munich airport

The action ended with the arrest of eight of the activists, police told local public broadcaster. The airport’s two runways have been open again since 7:20 a.m. (0520 GMT) but disruptions are expected to continue throughout the first day of a long weekend, traditionally busy in transport in Germany.

Last Generation, which claimed responsibility for the action, is known for staging spectacular protests, such as sticking to busy roads or throwing mash at a Claude Monet painting, which have sharply divided public opinion and prompted responses increasingly harsh authorities.

Its activists forced passage by cutting a fence, leading to the cancellation of 61 takeoffs and landings, an airport spokesperson said. Transport Minister Volker Wissing stressed that it was “not a legitimate demonstration, but a targeted intervention in air traffic”.

If the latter “is not safe, people are put in danger, major economic damage is threatened and thousands of travelers are stranded,” he recalled.

For its part, Last Generation accused the German government on X, formerly Twitter, of not doing enough to discourage the use of planes and their climate-damaging emissions.

“It is absurd that people are more likely to be able to afford flights than train travel,” the group said. “The responsibility lies with the government: it subsidizes flights while the railways are cut to the bone,” he added.

In December 2022, activists from the group had already stuck to a runway at Munich airport, but causing only minor delays.

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