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Climate activists block runways at two German airports

CLIMATE activists blocked a runway at Hamburg airport early today, causing numerous flights to be cancelled on the first day of the school holidays in the north German city.

The group Last Generation said several of its members entered the grounds of Hamburg airport in the early morning and glued themselves to the runway.

“It can’t yet be predicted when operations can resume,” the airport operators said. According to current information about a dozen flights had to be cancelled. 

Members of the group also cut through a security fence at Dusseldorf airport and blocked an access route to the runway.

In a statement, the group accused the German government of lacking a strategy to tackle the climate crisis and called for immediate measures to cut emissions in the transport sector, including ending tax exemptions for airline kerosene.

Aviation is responsible for a significant share of global emissions. If the sector were a country, it would rank in the top 10 global emitters, according to the European Commission.

Last Generation is known for its disruptive protests, blocking roads and airports to demand action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

German prosecutors raided the homes of several of the group’s members in May on suspicion of forming or supporting a criminal organisation.

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