Climate activists from the “Last Generation” action group stopped air traffic at Berlin Brandenburg Airport for two hours on Thursday evening by closing the two active runways.
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. (UTC +1), the activists forcibly entered the airport premises. Air traffic was completely paralyzed by entering the runway from two sides (north and south).
Activists used bicycles to cycle on the asphalt. According to German police, some of them were stuck to the runway surface.
The activists explained their motives with banners and a live stream. They urged passengers to stop traveling and urged the government to stop subsidizing air travel.
“Airplanes are not a means of transportation for ordinary people. 80% of people have never flown anywhere by plane. Only a very wealthy percent is responsible for around emissions from aviation,” Last generation wrote on social media.
Air traffic picked up around 18:15. The airlines had to cancel five flights, affecting 750 passengers.
Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) sharply condemned the actions.
Worse for the climate is that numerous flights en route to Berlin had to be diverted or simply returned to the airport of departure.
?? Activists from the Last Generation movement blocked the runway at Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
??The campaign was broadcast live on the internet and many flights were diverted. pic.twitter.com/L7eNkfGZjC
— air plus news (@airplusnews) November 24, 2022
Supporters of the last generation are currently blocking the runway of BER.
Some are glued to the asphalt, others ride their bikes across the shunting area, bringing air traffic to a standstill. Before entering BER, they informed the police. pic.twitter.com/c6UGVfPDI9
— Last Generation (@uprisingLastGen) November 24, 2022