Hong Kong suspends all flights for Monday after protesters swarm airport

Hong Kong airport suspended all the remaining flights for Monday due as to the ongoing pro-democracy protest in its terminal.

Authorities said they were suspending departing and arriving flights at the major travel hub after thousands of protesters entered the arrivals halls to stage a demonstration.

“Other than the departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights that are already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today,” the airport authority said in a statement.

Airport authority also advised members of the public not to travel to the airport but said arrivals already heading into Hong Kong would be allowed to land.

Hong Kong’s mass demonstrations and unrest show no sign of abating, more than two months after they were sparked by a controversial extradition bill.

On Sunday, protests turned violent after police fired tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at close range.

Many protesters on Monday were wearing bandages over their eyes in response to images of a woman bleeding heavily from her eye on Sunday, having reportedly been shot by a police projectile.

Close to 75 million passengers passed through the Hong Kong airport in 2018 making it one of the largest international transit hubs.

Source : Various