Tim Gillibrand | 06.09.2010 00:40 | Climate Chaos
First stop London City Airport
Robbie Gillett from the ‘Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport’ coalition said "There are currently around 38 flights per day between Manchester and the London hubs. Airlines such as Flybe who promote these domestic flights are encouraging airport expansion and threatening the stability of the climate in order to line their own pockets. Domestic flights are the most unnecessary of all and should stop immediately. Instead, we need to create green jobs in sustainable transport networks such as rail."
The day ended with celebrations at Hasty Lane which is under threat of demolition by Manchester Airport to expand the World Freight Terminal. Campaigners and local residents teamed up with the Abundance project to pick surplus fruit from a threatened orchard and share it with a local Wythenshaw community centre. This was followed by cake, drinks, barbecue, music and dancing.
In the run up to the demonstration organisers had accused Manchester Airport, which is owned by Manchester City council and the other Greater Manchester councils, of trying to stifle the demonstration by initially denying the protesters any appropriate space to stage the demonstration.
Chloe Simmons, from Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport coalition said, “We approached Manchester Airport to arrange where the demonstration could take place effectively in sight of the public and airport management. Instead we were offered a number of outdoor spaces where the travelling public would not be able to see us. It seemed to us that Manchester Airport wanted to make our protest invisible to diminish it's impact. At a time when climate chaos threatens us all, the right to assembly and peaceful protest is crucial.”
Local Manchester councillor Martin Eakins who attended the demonstration said, “Aviation from Manchester Airport contributes more greenhouse gasses than all other polluters put together in Manchester. Reducing our carbon output by ending domestic flights would go a long way to making our city environmentally sustainable.”
Welcome at Manchester Piccadilly
Moving off to get the train to Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport doing their bit for the environment!
Terminal 3 Manchester Airport
Insparational stuff from a local resident
Essential ingredients for an after demo party