Berlin airport reopens runways after climate protests

A climate activist is glued to the runway at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) during a protest in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 24, 2022, in this still image from distribution video. Courtesy of LETZTE GENERATION/Handout via Reuters

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Berlin Brandenburg Airport said flights had resumed with some delays on Thursday after climate protesters were forced to close runways as they entered the area, some clinging to the tarmac.

Activists from the environmental group Last Generation have called on the public to stop air travel and for the government to end subsidies.

“In the non-public area of ​​the airport, we encountered several people who had previously trespassed and some of them stuck themselves (on the tarmac),” Berlin police said on Twitter.

The protest, the latest by climate activists in Germany, also called on the government to expand its offer of cheap train travel.

“The affluent one percent of the population is responsible for nearly half of aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions,” Son Nesil said, adding that a 70-year-old man was among the activists at the airport.

The spokesperson of the airport said that the activists entered the airport from two points in the north and south direction and the police stopped them.

The spokesman could not say how many flights were affected.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 initially showed that some planes heading to the airport had been rerouted.

About 13 flights were diverted to airports in the eastern state of Saxony, broadcaster rbb said, citing Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, which operates Dresden and Leipzig airports.