A total of ten flights either to or from Eindhoven Airport were cancelled on Saturday, because climate activists from Extinction Rebellion plan to stage a demonstration at the airport. Several hundred supporters may participate. Their exact plans had not been revealed as of Friday afternoon.
Eindhoven Airport already warned that the demonstration could have consequences for the journey to, from or via the airport. Transavia has canceled five departures and five arrivals at Eindhoven. These are flights to Salzburg, Gran Canaria, Faro, Alicante and Palma de Mallorca. The airline also cancelled flights from Alicante, Seville, Salzburg, Palma de Mallorca and Gran Canaria.
Extinction Rebellion previously said it expected about five hundred demonstrators to take part in the demonstration. The protest will take place on the boulevard next to the terminal from noon to 1:30 p.m., according to Extinction Rebellion.
A spokesperson for the climate movement did not rule out the possibility that participants will enter the airport grounds, which is what happened at a previous protest at Schiphol Airport. “But to be honest, that doesn’t seem very sensible to me; this is military terrain.”
At the beginning of November, demonstrators from Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace climbed over the fence at Schiphol to the area where private airplanes were stationed. The group assembled under several airplanes and chained themselves to jets to prevent the aircraft from taking off.
Police detained hundreds of activists.