Berlin airport blocked
The climate stickers caused so many tons of CO2
Activists threw up chaos at Berlin Brandenburg Airport on Thursday. Absurd: With their protest, they wanted to campaign for a reduction in CO₂ emissions – and did the opposite.
Activists from the “Last Generation” group stuck themselves on the runway at Berlin Brandenburg Airport on Thursday.
Glue yourself to streets and block traffic, throw canned soup at artworks. These are the recipes with which some activists want to save the world. On Thursday, the “Last Generation” group gained access to the grounds of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). Activists attached themselves to the runway with superglue. The result: air traffic was paralyzed for two hours.
The “last generation” demonstrated against the aviation industry and its climate-damaging CO2-output. What the activists actually did was increase emissions: According to the airport, several planned landings had to be diverted to other airports, generating additional CO2 was released.
15 flights covered longer distances
One of the affected flights is LX980 from Zurich to Berlin. The Airbus A220-300 was diverted to Dresden. Other flights made an unplanned stopover in Leipzig. The airport there is about a similar distance from Berlin as the one in Dresden. A total of 15 flights were affected by the diversions.
If you disregard the laps that the planes had to make in Berlin while waiting in vain for clearance to land, the Myclimate calculator can be used to find out approximately how many tons of CO2 were also released when the planes were diverted from Berlin to Dresden or Leipzig and flew back to Berlin after the disruption was over.
Additional emissions of at least 420 tons
A Swiss Airbus A220-300 has 145 seats. For a flight from Berlin to Dresden and back, the machine releases more than 28 tons of CO with an almost full occupancy (140 seats).2 free. Extrapolated to 15 flights, the additional emissions weigh at least 420 tons.
After the protest, the police took several climate stickers into custody. You will be reported for dangerous interference in air traffic, trespassing and property damage.
Could such an action soon also cause flight chaos in Switzerland? In principle, you can never rule out anything, says Zurich Airport on request. “We keep a close eye on such actions,” says spokeswoman Jasmin Bodmer-Breu. «Security is always the top priority at Zurich Airport, which is why regular security checks are carried out on our facilities.» On request, Swiss explained that the incident was being checked in Berlin. No further comment was made on the matter.