Hong Kong Airport Suspends Most Operations as Protestors Flood Terminal

By Paul Riegler on 12 August 2019
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DSC_0836As demonstrators flooded Hong Kong’s airport, airport officials cancelled all departing flights there on Monday as well as over 70 arrivals.

The combination of the pro-democracy protestors and the airport shutdown stranded hundreds of passengers at one of the busiest airports in Asia as thousands descended on the airport’s main terminal.

The demonstrators had gathered to oppose police brutality and the controversial extradition bill being imposed by Chinese authorities.

Airport officials said they would work with airlines to reschedule as many flights as possible and passengers were urged to check with their airlines for the latest information. In addition to the cancellations, over 300 flights were delayed.

“Hong Kong International Airport will implement flight rescheduling today with flight movements expected to be affected,” the airline said on its website.  “Passengers are reminded to pay attention to the latest flight information through the airport’s website and ‘HKG My Flight’ mobile app.”

Demonstrators saw the decision of airport authorities to suspend flights as a signal that riot police might soon clear out the airport, so many opted to leave to avoid the type of violence that has made headlines in recent days.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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