Hong Kong's Chep Lap Kok International Airport, one of the world's busiest, was brought down to a halt yesterday as thousand of pro-democracy protesters stormed the main terminal. Over 150 flights in and out the airport were cancelled as a result of the protest while thousand of passengers were stranded.
“Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted … all flights have been canceled,” the city’s airport authority said in a statement. “All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible.”
Around 5,000 protesters and demonstrators have surrounded the Hong Kong airport, causing huge problems to passengers arriving and departing.
The airport was shut down by the sheer number demonstrators occupying the buildings.
Lately, Hong Kong has been laden with mass protests calling for democratic reforms and an independent investigation into police conduct, with both the demonstrators and police turning to more extreme tactics.
In the airport's official website, it said “Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, all flights have been cancelled. All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible. Affected passengers please contact their respective airlines for flight arrangement.”
A post by South China Morning Post, at least 130 departing flights were cancelled and at least arriving flights were diverted. According to the post, major airlines in Hong Kong have asked their ground staff to leave due to safety concerns.
Cathay Pacific said on its website “Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have been informed by the Hong Kong International Airport Authority that all departing flights are cancelled today, Monday 12 August, effective immediately. The cancellation period will extend until the morning of tomorrow, Tuesday 13 August. This is as a result of the public assembly taking place at Hong Kong International Airport.”
If incase you are travelling to Hong Kong, please do always check the flight status of your airline from their respective websites and social media pages just to be sure that your flight is not cancelled.