Hong Kong Airport flights re-start after cancellations this morning

By Damian Brett

UPDATE: FLIGHTS ONCE AGAIN SUSPENDED CLICK TO READ MORE

Passenger flights at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) have re-started today after there were more cancellations this morning (August 13).

Flights at the world’s busiest freight hub were first cancelled yesterday as a result of protesters occupying the main arrivals hall.

Freighter flights were unaffected by the disruption.

Services are back underway, but the airport warned that there would still be some further disruption.

“Hong Kong International Airport will implement flight rescheduling today (13 August) with flight movements expected to be affected. Passengers are reminded to pay attention to the latest flight information through the airport’s website,” said a notice on the airport’s website.

This was echoed by home carrier Cathay Pacific: “Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon were informed by the Airport Authority in Hong Kong that all departing afternoon/evening flights were cancelled on Monday, 12 August and in the morning of Tuesday, 13 August. This is as a result of the public assembly at Hong Kong International Airport, which is ongoing. There is potential for further flight disruptions at short notice.

“Customers are therefore encouraged to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong on Tuesday 13 August and Wednesday 14 August and should not proceed to the airport unless they have a confirmed booking.”

During the past five days, thousands of protesters have gathered inside the terminal, causing serious disruption to the airport’s flights and operations.

The protests in Hong Kong, catalysed by a controversial extradition bill, have been ongoing for two months.

The airport disruption is not the only challenge faced by Cathay Pacific as a result of the protests.

Last week, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) placed a series of conditions on Cathay Pacific on safety grounds after members of its staff were found to be taking part in the protests.

UPDATE: FLIGHTS ONCE AGAIN SUSPENDED CLICK TO READ MORE

 

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