The fight against building a new 2 runway airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes outside Nantes has become the biggest environmental protest in France with huge demonstrations having taken place over the years – see photo below. But the Police and the army may be moving in shortly to try to move the campaigners and the farmers off the land. They can expect fierce resistance.
October was the 5th anniversary of the opening of the controversial 4th runway at Frankfurt. Virtually every single Monday evening since it was opened campaigners have occupied the terminal at the airport in protest at the noise impacts of the runway. They staged a special Saturday march in the city to mark the 5th anniversary.
On 25th October the UK Government gave the green light to a 3rd runway at Heathrow. But this does not mean it will be built. The opposition remains huge: local communities, local authorities, many MPS including some cabinet ministers and environmentalists across the country. Local authorities are planning legal action and a number of environmentalists are planning direct action. It will be 2020 at the earliest before it receives planning permission. And it is not expected to open before 2024. It is still doubtful if it can overcome the many hurdles that are in its way.