Aviation

Chaos continues in Hong Kong, with flights cancelled after protestors target airport

It appears the protestors in Hong Kong aren’t going away any time soon, causing more disruptions to the destination’s transport hubs over the weekend.

According to Channel News Asia, protesters charged police barriers and clashed with riot police at Hong Kong International Airport’s terminal yesterday, causing the cancellation 25 flights.

A statement issued by the Hong Kong government said protestors “started to charge water-filled barriers, pointed laser beams at the Airport Authority (AA) staff, and blocked roads with trolleys and mills barriers” at around 2pm local time on Sunday.

A number of media outlets reported that the airport’s express train service some bus services were also suspended, with protestors flooding road and rail links.

Meanwhile, a notice at MTR stations notified passengers that trains had been halted, “as requested by the Hong Kong government and Airport Authority to facilitate access control arrangements at the airport”.

However, despite the protesters’ latest efforts, both Virgin Australia and Qantas told Travel Weekly that none of their flights in and out of Hong Kong have been affected.

An update issued by Cathay Pacific earlier today said: “While certain public transportation services to HKIA have resumed, some delays are still expected. We suggest passengers allow enough time for additional travel prior to their flight’s scheduled departure.

“Passengers may also wish to take advantage of our in-town check-in service at Hong Kong and Kowloon stations – please arrive at in-town check-in at least 90 minutes before your scheduled flight departure.”

The airline is urging all passengers to check their flight status before proceeding to the airport, and noted that all charges and fare differences will be waived for certain ticket changes.

A statement issued by the airport at 6:15pm local time on Monday said the Airport Authority was aware that there have been calls for public activities in different parts of Hong Kong over the next two days.

“Passengers are advised to allow sufficient time to travel to the airport,” the notice said.

“Passengers may also check with their respective airlines, or visit the airport’s website and ‘HKG My Flight’ mobile app for updated flight information.”

The protests have now been going for 13 straight weeks, as Hong Kong citizens argue for better democracy in the territory, which is controlled by China.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Aussie states and territories restrict NZ arrivals after Auckland declared a Commonwealth hotspot

by Huntley Mitchell

The trans-Tasman travel plans of Kiwis have once again been thrown into disarray thanks to a concerning COVID cluster in Auckland.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA’s interim survey results reveal “distressing” statistics, says Rudd

AFTA has released interim results of its ‘Travelsectorkeeper’ survey, and they make for some pretty grim reading, according to CEO Darren Rudd.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

American Airlines confirms pilot saw UFO, says to contact the FBI

by Ali Coulton

We don’t know about you, but we see this as proof enough to start constructing tinfoil hats and heading for the hills.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Here’s how Scotland is embracing the ‘new normal’

While international travel may be at a standstill, Scottish tourism businesses have kept busy adapting services for their guests and local communities.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Abercrombie & Kent unveils remote Flinders Island adventure

The luxury travel connoisseur is bringing remote and unusual parts of Australia into the spotlight with the launch of this new active adventure off the Tasmanian coast.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

“There’s a fair bit of work to still go there”: ScoMo plays down hype around ‘vaccine passports’

by Ali Coulton

When the PM talks about international travel, the whole of Australia listens. However, in this instance, you’re going to have to switch on your eyes rather than your ears.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre posts $234m loss, but grows its share in “large and important” Aussie leisure market

by Huntley Mitchell

If you ignore that big negative number in the headline, it’s all very positive news here from FCTG.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas suffers $1bn half-yearly loss, pushes back international flight plans

by Huntley Mitchell

The flying kangaroo won’t be hopping overseas as soon as originally hoped, after posting a “stark, but not surprising” loss.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Brisvegas tapped as preferred host for 2032 Olympic Games

Crack a tinnie of XXXX Gold, because it looks like the Olympics might be coming to Queensland 32 years after Sydney’s hosting efforts.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line extends US pause, as Canadian port closures spark Seabourn, Princess and HAL cancellations

Canada’s obnoxiously handsome PM, Justin Trudeau, has chucked a spanner in the works for cruise fanatics over on that side of the globe.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Intrepid co-founder backs the Pinterest of travel apps

The social media platform claims to be the first to let users share travel-specific content to create real-world itineraries.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Why your clients will be drawn to Japan’s heartland once international travel restarts

by Sponsored by Gifu Prefecture Tourism Federation

With your clients no doubt itching to get back overseas, here’s a destination that’s a realistic chance of reopening to Aussies before many others.

Share

CommentComments