LONDON Oct 1 More than a hundred people
demonstrated at London's Heathrow Airport on Saturday, including
dozens who took part in a "die-in" at one terminal, just weeks
before Prime Minister Theresa May's government is due to decide
where to build a new runway.
After a decade of reviews and U-turns, the government is
expected to rule in mid-October on whether to build a third
runway at Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, or at its smaller
London rival Gatwick. Expansion plans have been opposed by
residents and some lawmakers at both locations.
Protesters lay on the floor of Heathrow's Terminal 2, with
many wearing white masks in a so-called die-in to highlight the
impact of air travel on climate change and pollution levels.
One woman wearing a mask lay next to a banner which read:
"Stay Grounded. No New Runways." Others took part in a cycle
ride nearby, wearing red T-shirts with the message: "No 3rd
runway", according to images posted on Twitter.
Heathrow has said it will comply with an extended ban on
night flights and meet European air quality rules if the project
gets the green light.
It has also said it will meet 11 conditions set out by
Britain's Airports Commission, including a requirement on air
quality which states that new flights will only be permitted if
air quality does not breach EU limits.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas and Neil Hall; editing by David