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14 Aug 2019

BY James Chapple

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Hong Kong airport resumes flight operations following protests

Flights have resumed at Hong Kong International airport following a five-day occupation by anti-government protesters.

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Hong Kong airport resumes flight operations following protests

The airport authority has obtained a temporary injunction banning the demonstrators entering certain areas of the airport, and allowing it to restore flight operations.


Protesters have been at the airport since Friday (9 August), with their occupation spilling over into the terminals this week.


The airport was forced on Monday afternoon (12 August) to suspend flights, and again on Tuesday afternoon (13 August), due to the protests, which have largely been peaceful.


“The airport has obtained an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and wilfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use of Hong Kong International airport,” said the airport in a statement.


“Persons are also restrained from attending or participating in any demonstration or protest or public order event in the airport other than in the area designated by the airport authority.”


On Wednesday’s flight operations, the airport added: “Hong Kong International airport will implement flight rescheduling today [14 August] with flight movements expected to be affected.

 

“Passengers are reminded to pay attention to the latest flight information through the airport’s website and HKG My Flight mobile app.”


The airport has also urged passengers to confirm the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport.


Thousands gathered at the airport as the demonstrations over the territory’s proposed new extradition bill, ongoing since June, continue.


The Foreign Office said there was still a risk of further unannounced protests at the airport.


“Clashes have taken place between police and protesters following otherwise peaceful protest activities,” said the FCO. “Reports indicate the protests are likely to continue.


Protests inside Hong Kong International airport have led to cancellations of flights and disruption to check-in services. Passengers should therefore check their flight status and the latest information on the Hong Kong International airport website before travelling to their airport.


“Passengers affected by recent disruption should contact their airlines for the latest information and for alternative flight arrangements. Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Hong Kong International airport on Monday and Tuesday [12-13 August], which could have a knock-on effect on flight availability in and out of Hong Kong.


“You should be prepared the situation around protests and public gatherings could change quickly. If you are in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder.”

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