Hong Kong Airport disruptions continue; Cathay Pacific warns staff

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com August 13, 2019 09:58

Hong Kong Airport disruptions continue; Cathay Pacific warns staff

Disruptions from Hong Kong airport have continued for a fifth consecutive day as anti-government protestors have flooded into the airport prompting Cathay Pacific to advise against non-essential travel.

On Monday (12/8), almost 200 flights were cancelled to and from Hong Kong with thousands of pro-democracy protesters shutting the airport following violent clashes with police over the weekend. 

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded after all departing flights and more than 70 arriving flights were cancelled in the early evening.

In June, demonstrations started in opposition to a proposed extradition bill, which would have allowed suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial.

This, critics have said, would undermine Hong Kong’s legal freedoms, and could be used to silence political dissidents.

Hong Kong is part of China but its citizens have more autonomy than those on the mainland. 

In response to the city’s airport being shut down on Monday, chief executive Carrie Lam said it could take a “long time for Hong Kong to recover,” but she insisted that the authorities were still capable of managing the situation. 

Meanwhile, airline Cathay Pacific has warned staff they could be fired if they “support or participate in illegal protests” in Hong Kong, as pressure from Beijing intensifies. 

The warning was emailed to staff by chief executive Rupert Hogg on Monday, this comes after China on Friday ordered the airline to suspend workers who support pro-democracy protests in the territory.

Cathay fired two employees and suspended one pilot over the weekend in response to the order.

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com August 13, 2019 09:58