Tegel Airport: Major police operation at climate protests in Berlin - Berliner Morgenpost

Tegel Airport: Major police operation at climate protests in Berlin - Berliner Morgenpost

Berlin. & Nbsp; Environmental activists of the group "Stay on the ground" set up blockades at Tegel Airport on Sunday to draw attention to the climate-damaging consequences of flying. The police had been on the scene with a massive contingent since morning. Checks on the access roads caused long queues and waiting times. At 2:30 p.m., the forces lifted controls and the situation normalized.

As part of the blockade, the emergency services had set up access gates to Tegel Airport to prevent demonstrators from entering the airport building. Cars were checked, travelers had to show their ID cards and plane tickets. Only people with a valid flight ticket were granted access to Tegel Airport.

The Saatwinkler Damm had been completely closed off since noon. Anyone arriving by car or bus had to continue on foot, even if they were loaded with luggage and had heavy trolleys with them. Because of the controls, long lines formed on the roads to the airport and in front of the airport building. The controls act like a bottleneck.

Meanwhile, air traffic went smoothly. The confirmed airport spokesman Daniel Tolksdorf of the Berliner Morgenpost. Despite the blockades, there were no restrictions on air traffic.

The police and airport operators were prepared for the blockade. The environmental activists had already declared in advance that they wanted to set up blockades at Berlin airports on Sunday without communicating the exact time and place.

In the morning, about 100 bike activists blocked access roads to the airport. In addition, about 50 people with banners and banners sat down in a blockade in the airport building - disguised with penguin masks according to their motto: "Block the aviation industry - the coolest birds stay on the ground."

The spokeswoman for the "Stay on the Ground" campaign group, which is called Lisa Kaiser, told Berliner Morgenpost that the campaign was intended to protest the abolition of short and domestic flights and to promote the expansion of night train services. It will not be the last of its kind. To emphasize the protests, one wants to disrupt the normality of flight operations, said Lisa Kaiser.

The environmentalists have made ten demands on their website. There it says: "We firmly believe that we have to go one step further in order to bring about the necessary changes towards a climate-friendly lifestyle."

The group's demands could also be read on banners in the airport building. One said: "Block the aviation industry - climate justice now." A banner was labeled with the slogan "Canceled due to climate crisis". With roll cases disguised as travelers, the demonstrators had brought their protest material into the airport building unhindered.

The environmentalists had reached an agreement via the social networks. "Good morning Berlin! Isn't it a wonderful day to block the aviation industry?" it said at 9:37 a.m. via Twitter. A little later: "The blockade is up!". The tweet showed pictures of banners and people blocking the aisles while sitting.

In view of the blockades, passengers remained largely relaxed. "Only technical progress helps us," commented passenger Niklas Lemke about the goals of the environmental activists. "I don't believe in scaremongering."

Even before the protests, Berlin airports were open to change. "Flying is not an end in itself," said Tolksdorf. The example of the route between Berlin and Nuremberg shows that attractive rail connections could also replace domestic flights.

In the first half of this year, more passengers took off from German airports than ever before in this period: According to the Federal Statistical Office, almost 58.9 million passengers departed from the 24 main German airports. That was 4.1 percent more than in the same period last year.

The Federal Environment Agency recently presented a concept for sustainable flying. According to President Maria Krautzberger, the plan is to improve rail connections between the metropolitan areas by 2030 so that they can be reached within four hours and flights will become superfluous. A first step in reducing the environmental impact of flying is also to adjust the tax amounts for flying on trains and cars.

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