At Geneva Airport, where private planes are on display as part of the largest private jet expo in Europe, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), dozens of climate activists participated in the protest action.
In order to prevent potential buyers from approaching the exhibition space and the aircraft gangways where the jets are being shown, activists have peacefully occupied the planes. They have also shackled themselves to those locations. Private jets “burn our future,” “kill our planet,” and “fuel inequality,” according to the protesters, who marked the aircraft with enormous tobacco-style health warning labels designating them as dangerous items.
The loudspeakers carried by the activists were used to broadcast ads that highlighted the devastating effects that private jets have on the environment and demonstrated the hypocrisy of supporting private jets while social inequality is on the rise.
The main entrance to the business aviation presentation, which is taking place at the Palexpo exhibition facility near the Geneva Airport, was blocked by them. Police in Geneva acted promptly to remove the activists, some of whom were attached to private aircraft. 80 individuals were detained.
The normal operations of Geneva Airport were noted in a social media post that: “Due to an incursion of people on the tarmac, air traffic is temporarily interrupted at Geneva Airport.”
Later, the airport verified that regular service had resumed.