Hong Kong International Airport faces big demonstrations causing serious disruption to the airport and flight cancellations.
Hong Kong International Airport is currently facing big demonstrations causing serious disruption to the airport and flight cancellations. During five days, the airport has been going through demonstrations lead by hundreds of people. Whilst terminals took back a normal activity after several flights were cancelled yesterday, the airport faces once again demonstrations and has to cease check-in processes. “Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, and all check-in processes have now been suspended”, states Hong Kong’s airport. It adds: “All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible. Affected passengers please contact their respective airlines for flight arrangement.” Yesterday, more than 160 flights scheduled to leave after 18:00 local time did not depart. The same procedure will be applied from 22:00 local time.
As for Hong Kong’s flag carrier, Cathay Pacific, it was particularly affected by this situation. Monday, August 12, Cathay Pacific had to cancel 65 flights while today 200 flights have been affected. “Customers are encouraged to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong on Tuesday 13 August and Wednesday 14 August and should not proceed to the airport”, recommends the airline.
After the recent events, the government of Hong Kong has still not reached a peaceful end to this demonstration. The 8th busiest airport in the world could undergo more disruptions in the days to come. Last year, Hong Kong's airport handled 75.1 million passengers and 428,870 flight movements — an average of about 205,000 passengers and 1,175 flights per day.