Protests disrupt Hong Kong air traffic

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Protests disrupt Hong Kong air traffic

Protests that have roiled Hong Kong for months spilled over Monday (5 August) and affected operations at Hong Kong International Airport with hundreds of flights cancelled as air traffic controllers joined a strike that saw other parts of the financial centre shut down as well. There is a strong possibility cancellations could continue into Tuesday.

Hong Kong’s airport authority said only one of the two runways at the airport will operate between midday on Monday and 6am on Tuesday. The airlines mainly affected were Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines with a flight from Singapore to Hong Kong, operated by Cathay Pacific and scheduled to depart at 8:10pm, cancelled, according to the Changi International Airport website. Other airlines affected included S7 Airlines, Fiji Airways and American Airlines.

“Currently, Singapore Airlines flights between Singapore and Hong Kong are operating as scheduled,” an SIA spokesman said, but advised passengers to check the airlines’ website or social media pages regularly for updates.

The Airport Express train service was also temporarily suspended.

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