Hong Kong Airport Cancels All Departing Monday Flights Amid Protests

Aug 12, 2019

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Hong Kong International Airport has canceled all of its departing flights on Monday amid growing pro-democracy protests in the airport’s main terminal.

As the protests at HKG entered their fourth day, airport officials said that operations had been ‘seriously disrupted.’

The airport posted a notice on its website, reading:

“Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, all flights have been cancelled. All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible. Affected passengers please contact their respective airlines for flight arrangement.”

The airport is advising members of the public not to travel to the airport. Arrivals already heading to HKG will be permitted to land.

HONG KONG, CHINA - AUGUST 12: Protesters occupy the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on August 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters have continued rallies on the streets of Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill since 9 June as the city plunged into crisis after waves of demonstrations and several violent clashes. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam apologized for introducing the bill and declared it "dead", however protesters have continued to draw large crowds with demands for Lam's resignation and completely withdraw the bill. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

The protests show no sign of slowing down. Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has warned staff that they could be fired if they ‘support or participate in illegal protests.’ Additionally, Cathay has advised travelers to postpone non-essential travel.

If you have travel to, from or through Hong Kong (HKG) in the coming days, check with your airline to ensure that your flight is still set to operate. As the protests show no sign of slowing down, there’s a chance that the cancellations could extend beyond Monday.

The protests in Hong Kong have been ongoing since June, now focused on Beijing’s central government.

Featured photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images.

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