Climate activists block private jet runway at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam

On Saturday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, hundreds of climate activists stormed a runway in an attempt to prevent private jets from taking off, in what is the latest demonstration by climate protesters aimed at drawing attention to the climate crisis.

  • CNN – Greenpeace Netherlands said “more than 500” Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion activists were at the airport, one of Europe’s largest, on Saturday afternoon, in a press release. A spokesperson for the Schiphol security forces could not confirm that figure.
  • CNBC – The activists stopped several aircraft from taking off by sitting in front of their wheels. Commercial flights were not delayed as of early afternoon.
  • CBS NEWS – Dewi Zloch of Greenpeace Netherlands said the activists want “fewer flights, more trains and a ban on unnecessary short-haul flights and private jets.”
  • THE GUARDIAN – Extinction Rebellion was also involved in the action. Hundreds of other demonstrators in and around the airport’s main hall carried signs saying “Restrict aviation” and “More trains”.