Stansted Airport runway closed following protests

Published on : Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stansted AirportThree people were arrested after anti-deportation protesters locked themselves into a plane at Stansted Airport. The airport had to briefly close the airport following the incident.

 

Activists said they were attempting to keep a “deportation flight” used to remove failed asylum seekers grounded at the Essex airport.

 

Police quickly contained the incident and flights resumed, but several activists remained at the scene into the early hours of Wednesday.

 

Campaign group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSMigrants) said some of its members, along with individuals from End Deportations and Plane Stupid were behind the bid to halt a “mass deportation flight” destined for Nigeria and Ghana.

 

Several flights had to be diverted during the incident and aircraft were shown on flight radar apps having to circle near the airport.

 

Flights resumed late on Tuesday evening.

 

The Home Office refused to comment on the scheduled flight from Stansted but said deportations were an “essential element” of an “effective immigration system”.

 

An airport spokesman earlier said that, there were a number of protesters on the north side of the airport away from the passenger terminal, away from the commercial side of the airport, where the private terminals are.

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