Hong Kong protests prompt airport shutdown

Flights into and out of Hong Kong have been cancelled by the Hong Kong Airport Authority owing to the occupation of the airport by protestors.

Hong Kong airport, has cancelled departing flights as a result of protests taking place in its main terminal. In a statement issued today (Monday, August 12), the airport said that it has cancelled all flights that have not yet checked in.Hong_Kong_International_Airport_(526352532)

Only flights that have already completed check-in or are already en-route and close to Hong Kong will be allowed to use the airport.

The cancellation period will extend until the morning of tomorrow, Tuesday 13 August.

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

The flight cancellations will seriously impact passenger services and may affect air cargo operations.

So far it appears the cancellations are only affecting passenger operations, with the live departure board for freighter aircraft not yet showing any cancellations.

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

In 2018, Hong Kong handled 5.12 million metric tonnes of cargo, in 58,000 cargo-related air traffic movements.