Protests disrupt Hong Kong air traffic

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Hong Kong International Airport. (PHOTO: Shutterstock)

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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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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