Flights resume at Hong Kong Airport following disruptions

Darren Wood
By Darren Wood August 14, 2019 11:15

Flights resume at Hong Kong Airport following disruptions

Flights have resumed at Hong Kong Airport after hundreds were cancelled for the second consecutive day on Tuesday (13/08).

Early today (Wednesday) flights appeared to be running as scheduled, though some still remain delayed or cancelled.

Protesters flooded the terminal buildings on Tuesday which prompted Hong Kong’s biggest airline 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. 

After days of disruptions, the Airport Authority said it had obtained a temporary injunction banning protesters from entering certain areas. 

It said in a statement that people would be “restrained from attending or participating in any demonstration or protest… in the airport other than in the area designated by the Airport Authority”.

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 (12/08), 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. 

Darren Wood
By Darren Wood August 14, 2019 11:15