The push for a new runway comes despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge in 2009, before he took office, that “The third runway at Heathrow is not going ahead, no ifs, no buts.” Yet, in office, Cameron set up the commission to examine the airport’s expansion.

Heathrow Airport has long been a site of struggle against the government’s role in propping up the airline industry despite its harmful impact.

In a statement responding to the commission’s report, Plane Stupid declared: “We cannot meet our climate change targets and build new runways at the same time. It’s a choice between the two. This should be very simple to understand.”

“Nine of the ten most popular destinations out of Heathrow are short-haul including to places such as Manchester and Paris. There are already very good existing rail alternatives that we should be using instead,” the group continued. “15% of the UK population take 70% of the flights. Building new runways will only benefit rich frequent flyers who are burning the planet for unnecessary leisure flights.”

“We thought we’d won this fight, because David Cameron said ‘no ifs, no buts’ there would be no runway at Heathrow,” Sarah Shoraka of Plane Stupid told the Guardian. “We thought it was off the table and then the report came through and we thought: ‘We’re going to have to fight this all over again.'” 

“We picked the spot so we wouldn’t endanger flights trying to land,” Shoraka continued. “But we are not big corporations, we are not Boris Johnson, we don’t have resources at our disposal other than our bodies.”

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