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Flights cancelled as Hong Kong protests escalate

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Roads leading to the airport were jammed with traffic, as busloads of protesters made their way there.
Roads leading to the airport were jammed with traffic, as busloads of protesters made their way there. Photo Credit: LeeYiuTung/GettyImages
The Airport Authority blamed the cancellations from 4pm local time on the protests which had “seriously disrupted” operations, with masses of demonstrators preventing passengers from checking in or clearing airport security.

Another mass protest halted operations at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday afternoon, forcing the airport authority to cancel departing flights.

Officials said terminal operations had been "seriously disrupted" as thousands gathered at the airport - one of the world's busiest.

Images showed thousands of protestors blocking escalators and check-in desks at the HKIA main terminal.

In a statement on Monday, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said they were cancelling all flights that were not yet checked in.

They advised members of the public not to travel to the airport but said arrivals already heading into Hong Kong would be allowed to land.

The Airport Authority blamed the cancellations from 4pm local time on the protests which had “seriously disrupted” operations, with masses of demonstrators preventing passengers from checking in or clearing airport security.

“All check-in service for departure flights has been suspended. Other than the departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights that are already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of [Monday],” the operator of the Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement.

Roads leading to the airport were jammed with traffic, as busloads of protesters made their way there, many leaving their vehicles and continuing on foot because of the gridlock, South China Morning Post reported.

Rail operator MTR Corporation announced that it had suspended in-town check-in services at Hong Kong Station and Kowloon Station for the Airport Express until further notice.

Hong Kong's mass demonstrations and unrest show no sign of letting up, more than two months after they were sparked by a controversial extradition bill.


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