Extinction Rebellion protesters march through Bristol to oppose airport expansion plans

Thousands of protesters marched through Bristol today (31 January) campaigning against proposed expansion plans at the city's airport.

Extinction Rebellion members dressed as flight crew to raise awareness about the impact more flights and increased parking could have on the environment.

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Others at the protest include people wearing koala hats as a reminder of the loss of wildlife to the Australian bushfires and the Red Rebel Brigade, which form part of Extinction Rebellion.

Protesters marched through the city centre before returning to College Green for speeches.

The expansion plans have received more than 5000 objections.

Plans include expanding the existing terminal, building a multi-storey car park and improving the local road network to reduce congestion and offer more buses.

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Bristol Airport has accelerated plans to become carbon neutral following the public reaction to the controversial expansion plans.

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Managers there say they want to become a greener airport with more low emission flights and more options to prevent passengers from having to travel further.