London City airport faces a second day of climate change protests after an activist climbed onto the roof of a British Airways aircraft on Thursday.

About 50 arrests were made yesterday as Extinction Rebellion (XR) sought to blockade the Docklands airport.

A visually impaired man filmed himself lying on top of a BA jet forcing a flight to Amsterdam to be cancelled.

Another had booked onto an Aer Lingus flight and delayed take off for almost two hours by refusing to sit in his seat.

Only one other flight was cancelled, due to a knock-on crew shortage, according to the airport.

Demonstrators attempted to block the airport entrance with some gluing themselves to the floor.

Airport CEO Robert Sinclair said last night: “There are no longer any protestors outside the airport terminal but we continue to work with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that our passengers tonight and tomorrow have a safe and secure service.

“The airport has remained fully operational throughout the day and has run an almost complete schedule of flights, with just two flights cancelled as a result of the protest activity.

“We want to thank all our passengers today for their patience, and the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police for their support and professionalism.

“If you are flying from London City airport this evening or tomorrow, please do check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport.”