Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Heathrow Airport shutdown: Eco activists plan to shutdown major airport with toy drones | UK | News

The plans were announced on Thursday by the eco-activist group named Heathrow Pause. The group plans to disrupt the airport on September 13 amid failed talks. Officials were unable to halt the activists’ plans to carry out the protest.

Heathrow Pause has announced that its actions could ground all flights to and from the airport.

A spokesman from Heathrow said: “Our engagement this morning was positive and a lot of common ground was discussed, however Heathrow Pause fundamentally disagree with our belief that aviation can and should be decarbonised.

“We are disappointed that they plan to continue flying drones illegally near the airport which it is counter-productive and criminal.

“We will continue to work closely with the police to mitigate the impact of their illegal action and ensure that the airport operates safely.

However, the eco-activist group has said it plans to “exploit a loophole” by flying toy drones within restricted airspace near the airport.

The group issued a statement after the meeting with Heathrow.

It said: “At the very least, both the police and Heathrow are now left in no doubt that we are serious in going ahead with our action and that we are genuinely prepared to face prison.

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“It is our understanding that the airport’s authorities will respond by grounding all flights.

“Drones will not be flown in flight paths and there will be no risk of harm to anyone.”

The group released a 22-page document detailing the extent of their plans, including a map of where they will fly the toy drones.

The airport will reportedly be given an hour’s notice before each drone is flown.

Each day the drone will start flying at “about 3am” and then continue throughout the day in “regular intervals”.

The group is also seems unfazed by the possibility of facing criminal charges for their actions.

The group’s message continued: “We know that we will be arrested. We know that we face significant prison sentences for our actions.

“We have lives, we have families, we do not wish to go to prison. But we are steadfast in our resolve. We do this in defence of life.

“We do it because our consciences leave us no other choice but to act.”

Heathrow Pause also said they had at least 50 pilots ready for September 13.

Roughly, 219,000 passengers use Heathrow Airport everyday which is around 80.1 million a year.

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