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Extinction Rebellion: protesters gather at Flybe headquarters in against government bail out of airline

The environmentalist group say the help offered to keep the airline running amounts to a climate injustice. Credit: ITV News West Country

Extinction Rebellion protesters gathered at the Flybe Headquarters in Exeter to demonstrate against the government's bail out of the airline.

The environmentalist group say the help that's been offered to keep the airline running amounts to a climate injustice.

Extinction Rebellion want carbon emissions reduced to zero by 2025 with significant investment in bus, rail and cycle infrastructure, rather than air travel. Credit: ITV News West Country

Flybe invited representatives from Extinction Rebellion to meet and outlined the company's approach to sustainability including:

  • Environmentally efficient aircrafts
  • Eco labels

However, protestors say the government needs to take action.

There is no such thing as a low carbon flight. One reason for targeting a local airline is that many journeys with government support can be replaced by rail.

We want the government to stop paying lip service to the climate and ecological emergency and to their policy on their carbon net zero target.

We want them to invest their money in green transport for everybody.

– Kimwei McCarthy, Protester
In a statement Flybe say they are 'fully committed to cutting aviation net carbon.' Credit: ITV News West Country

Regional aviation is important for the UK's socio-economic environment, providing essential connectivity, where alternative modes of transport are often impractical and inconvenient.

Flybe is fully committed to cutting aviation net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, in line with government targets.

– Flybe Spokesperson