Hundreds of climate activists block private jets at Amsterdam Schiphol

Climate activists demonstrate against aviation at Amsterdam Schiphol, Netherlands

Around 500 climate activists from Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace (Nederland) block the departure of private jets at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands. Some of them chained themselves to the plane. Dutch Marechaussee has started removing them from the tarmac.

The aim of the protest is to completely stop all private jet traffic, said a spokesman for the protest. While the airport (Schiphol) needs to reduce flights, it is illogical that so many private jets are taking off, a protester said.

Private jets use their own runway. Initially, the activists gathered near “Amsterdam forest‘ but then broke through or used ladders to climb over the airport fence. Another group arrived on bicycles and hit the asphalt.

Climate activists protest against aviation pollution at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, in Schiphol, the Netherlands November 5, 2022. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Meanwhile, demonstrators are being removed from under the wings and fuselage, a difficult task for the Marechaussee. “FreedActivists are bussed away from the tarmac.

Figures from the research agency CE Delft commissioned by Greenpeace show that in the first nine months of this year more private flights took off from Schiphol and Rotterdam than in all of 2019, the last year before the corona pandemic.

According to flight data, more than a third of these flights were shorter than 500 kilometers and almost 11 percent were even shorter than 250 kilometers. Emissions per passenger are about five times higher on a private flight than on a scheduled flight.

Another group of activists protested in the airport terminal:

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