Watch: Hong Kong cancels all flights as protesters paralyze airport operationsDevdiscourse News Desk | Hong Kong | Updated: 12-08-2019 14:19 IST | Created: 12-08-2019 13:13 IST
Protesters have gathered again at the Hong Kong airport in a massive demonstration which has led to traffic jams on the highways leading to the airport. Some airline staff is also participating in the protests despite warnings and media reports suggest that inbound and outbound flights are likely to be rescheduled. (Update: All the flights not checked in yet or aren't already heading to Hong Kong have been canceled. More updates are at the end of this story.)
Pictures and videos being shared on social media show the airport is completely swarmed by the protesters and some reports also suggest that the departure gates for some reports are also being shut.
Protesters at the airport are also reportedly holding posters saying "Please don't come to Hong Kong".
Hello from Hong Kong. Greeted by protesters at the airport carrying signs that say, "Please do not come to Hong Kong." pic.twitter.com/e9uun4gowK— Michael Josh (@michaeljosh) August 12, 2019
UPDATE 2: Hong Kong's Airport Authority has canceled all flights not yet checked in by Monday afternoon, the agency said, as anti-government protesters peacefully demonstrated at the airport for the fourth day. "Other than departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been canceled for the rest of today," the authority said in a statement.
Almost all flights to depart after 18:00 HKT have been canceled while several flights arriving at Hong Kong have also been canceled. Click here for the detailed information.
UPDATE 1: There are reports that flights will be limiting the number of flights in the next couple of hours as the operations at the airport are severely impacted. Passengers are being requested to contact their airlines for the status of their flights. No official update regarding the canceled flights has been issued by the authorities yet.
Here is the contact information of airlines operating at Hong Kong airport. Click here.