Hong Kong Airport Suspends Departures for Second Day Amid Growing Protests

Aug 13, 2019

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Hong Kong International Airport has cancelled all departing flights on Tuesday amid continued pro-democracy protests in its main terminal. The closure marks the second consecutive day in which the airport has been forced to suspend departing flight operations.

The protests at HKG have entered their fifth day, and show no sign of slowing down. Following Monday’s closure, flight operations resumed on Tuesday morning local time, though airlines were forced to cancel or delay many flights due to the backlog of previously canceled flights.

Demonstrators gather at Hong Kong International Airport during a protest in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Hong Kong faced a fifth straight day of protests at its airport, as embattled local leader Carrie Lam warned that the city risked sliding into an "abyss." Photographer: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg via Getty Images
(Photo by Kyle Lam/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

As of 4:30pm local time (5:30am ET), all check-ins were suspended, according to airport officials.

In a statement posted on its website, Hong Kong International Airport said:

“Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, and all check-in processes have now been suspended. All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible. Affected passengers please contact their respective airlines for flight arrangement.”

Images from inside the airport appear to show crowds of protestors, blocking passengers from getting through security.

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 Tuesday.

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

Featured photo by Bloomberg/Getty Images.

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