Heathrow protest disruption LIVE: Latest update as protesters plan to ‘shut down’ airport

How have the Extinction Rebellion group vowed to disrupt flights at Heathrow over the weekend?

The group has pledged to ramp up its several “non violence disobedience” protests this Easter weekend, starting on Friday.

Members said they would “raise the bar” in threats to “shut down” the busy transport hub.

In a statement, the group said: “There is a deep remorse for those whose holiday and family plans will be disrupted. It is not our intention to cause further separation.” Messages seen by the Evening Standard suggested they would meed at a petrol station at 8am before taking action.

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A spokeswoman for Heathrow posted on Twitter: “We are working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport.

“While we respect the right to peaceful protest and agree with the need to act on climate change, we don’t agree that passengers should have their well-earned Easter Break holiday plans with family and friends disrupted.

“Passengers should contact their airlines for up to date information on their journeys.”

Today, a spokesperson on their Twitter page was responding to individual queries and confirmed at the time of writing there is no current disruption.

Replying to one concerned traveller, they wrote: “Good evening Elora, we are currently seeing no change to our operation.”

Are Britons worried about the protests impacting their flights?

British travellers flying from Heathrow appear to be perturbed by the Extinction Group’s latest actions.

While more police have been deployed in the capital, with many officers having their Easter leave scrapped, worries are still present.

One traveller took to Twitter to quiz Heathrow Airport: “We’re staying at a hotel 5 minutes drive from T3.

“Should the roads be blocked, will you be allowing passengers to walk? Our flight isn’t until 16:40 but need to know for my own sanity!”

The airport then replied: “Good morning Leona, currently roads have not been blocked.

“However we would advise to leave your hotel in good time to ensure you are at Heathrow before your flight departure time. Thank you.”

An Express insider, travelling from Heathrow this morning, revealed: “There’s very little drama at Heathrow and from what I can see there are only about six young protestors here.

“I’m on my plane, so it seems like I will be fine.”

How could the protest impact travellers? How many are expected to travel?

ABTA The Travel Association estimates 2.1 million British holidaymakers are set to head overseas over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

They forecast Good Friday the busiest day for travel, with Spain the UK’s favourite foreign holiday destination for the weekend.

Malaga, Alicante and the Canary Islands are the most popular regions and temperatures this weekend are set to reach 21C in Malaga, 23C in Alicante and 23C in Gran Canaria.

Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive said: “As always on a busy bank holiday leave plenty of time to get to your departure port and check for engineering work and line closures if using public transport.”

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