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With flights being rescheduled or axed, and home carrier Cathay itself strongly recommending passengers to postpone non-essential travel, Hong Kong industry’s hopes for a softer impact on business are quickly dimming.

Disruptions to flights in and out of Hong Kong worsened on Monday after protesters coordinated strikes to bring the city to a standstill.

After dozens of morning cancellations, airport authorities said they would reschedule flights starting from 12 p.m. local time and reduce the volume of arrivals and departures. Pilot and flight-crew unions for Hong Kong’s flag carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, took part in the stop-work action.

Demonstrators also targeted key transport links and the airport’s high-speed rail service was suspended because of obstructions on trains and platforms.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam condemned protesters for pushing Hong Kong to the verge of a “very dangerous situation,” at a press briefing on Monday. Here’s what we know so far:

AirAsia Group

  • Fourteen flights rescheduled, most of them between Hong Kong and Malaysia
  • Airline tells passengers heading to or leaving Hong Kong to prepare for delays

Air China

  • At least 10 flights to and from Hong Kong scrapped, including Beijing and Chongqing connections
  • Airline cites “route reason” for the cancellations

Cathay Pacific

  • More than 70 flights leaving Hong Kong, mostly to destinations across Asia, canceled
  • One Paris flight among those scrapped
  • More than 60 incoming services, many of them from China, also canceled
  • Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, which operates some Cathay Pacific flights, “strongly recommend customers postpone non-essential travel”

Hong Kong Airlines

  • Thirty flights in and out of Hong Kong canceled
  • Scrapped services include flights to Shanghai and Beijing and some from Tokyo and Taipei

HK Express

  • Three scheduled services and one chartered flight canceled
  • Airline temporarily closes downtown check-in counters

Related Developments

  • Hong Kong airport is expected to restrict flights to just one runway (from two), according to the South China Morning Post
  • The airport told passengers to head to the airport only if their flights and seats have been confirmed
  • Disruption is focused on Hong Kong-based airlines, according to the airport’s arrivals and departures board; Korean Air and Singapore Airlines said flights were operating normally, for now.

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November 16, 2022
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