Hong Kong Airport Still Shut Down for Second Day

Thousands take part in a sit-in protest at the airport in Hong Kong.
Thousands take part in a sit-in protest at the airport in Hong Kong. // Photo by AP Photo/Kin Cheung via Newscred

Travel disruptions in Hong Kong’s airport are continuing into their second day as protests disrupt the facility’s operations. 

According to the latest statement from the airport, all check-in processes have been suspended and passengers are advised to leave the terminal building as soon as possible. Additionally, a number of airlines still have change waivers in place for customers affected by the situation:

Passengers on affected Hong Kong Airlines flights can rebook or request a refund on the airline’s travel alerts page. 

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Customers flying Air Canada August 13 can rebook without penalty, space permitting. 

United Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to travel through August 15 to rebook without penalty for travel through August 20, so long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin and between the original city pair. The original ticket must have been purchased by August 11. 

CNN reports that thousands of protestors are still occupying the airport, blocking access to departure gates and sitting in the arrivals halls. Additionally, a series of angry scuffles have broken out as paramedics try to reach a man who has been accused by the protestors of being an undercover police officer.

Today marks the second day this week that protests have shut down Hong Kong’s airport after protestors began occupying the airport on Monday. Early last week, the protests also caused a series of flight cancellations and disruptions to the destination’s light rail service. Overall, the protests have been going on for 11 weeks over a controversial extradition bill that has since been suspended, although since then the protests have grown into a larger call against China’s authority and the tactics police have used against the protestors. 

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