Hong Kong airport

Protesters Close Hong Kong Airport

Hong Kong International Airport canceled all flights August 12 due to anti-government protests within the facility. The airport has also notified nearby countries to keep scheduled inbound flights on the ground, adding that those that already departed should expect possible diversions. The airport authority canceled more than 130 flights after at least 1,000 protesters moved to the security gates and police arrived with riot gear, according to OpsGroup.  

By 7 p.m. roughly half of the protesters had left the airport, while the remainder continued to lay on the floor and lobby incoming passengers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More than 2,300 aviation employees joined Monday’s general citywide strike, including 1,200 Cathay Pacific cabin crew and pilots, according to the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions. Cathay warned its employees not to participate in the demonstrations or face the prospect of firing after the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a so-called severe risk alert indicating that Cathay Pacific failed to suspend flight staff accused of crimes related to the recent “riots,” and leaked flight passenger information with “ill intent,” posing potential serious risks to aviation safety and increasing the “inflow of safety risks” from Hong Kong to the mainland.