Members of the climate change alarmist group Extinction Rebellion occupied runways at Paris Orly Airport on Friday, interrupting flights and demanding domestic air travel be canceled.
Airports in France, heavily impacted by coronavirus restrictions, begun increasing their operations only recently, but passenger flights were interrupted by the Extinction Rebellion group on Friday morning, with activists demanding that all domestic air travel in France be banned.
Extinction Rebellion insists that domestic air travel should be banned to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and carried banners at Orly stating “let’s save the living, not the planes.”
A Corsica Airlines aircraft was delayed by the group and forced to take off from a different runway, Le Figaro reports.
A member of the organization named Franck told French media: “It is a symbol of facing an airplane, to face what puts us in danger.”
The activist went on to note that he was surprised that the police reaction to the demonstration took as long as it did, saying, “We expected a faster reaction. It says a lot about security, anyone can enter.”
A spokesperson of the French Secretariat of State for Transport said that 29 people were arrested for entering the secure area of the