Hong Kong Airport made an announcement late afternoon on Tuesday that the operations at the airport were disrupted and all check-in processes were suspended.

Hong Kong Airport Update

Flights that had already processed their check-ins will proceed but all others will be canceled. Inbound flights to Hong Kong are allowed to operate. Airlines may, however, decide to cancel their flights to Hong Kong if they are not able to operate the outbound ones.

Here’s the announcement from Hong Kong Airport:

Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, and all check-in processes have now been suspended. All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible. Affected passengers please contact their respective airlines for flight arrangement.

And Cathay Pacific (access here):

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have been informed by the Airport Authority in Hong Kong that all check-in has been suspended as a result of the public assembly at Hong Kong International Airport, which is ongoing. There is potential for further flight disruptions at short notice.

Customers are therefore encouraged to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong on Tuesday 13 August and Wednesday 14 August and should not proceed to the airport.

With immediate effect, all charges and fare differences will be waived for certain ticket changes. Please view more details on our Special ticketing guidelines page.

To view our cancelled flights on Monday 12 August, please visit the links below:

To view our cancelled flights on Tuesday 13 August, please visit the links below:

All passengers are urged to check Flight Status before proceeding to the airport. To ensure you receive the latest flight status updates via SMS or email, please update contact details in Manage Booking. You can also download our app for iOS or Android and enable our push notifications.

Please visit our Flight delays and cancellations page, to understand our service recovery during disruptions.

While disruption events like these can change significantly and at short notice, rest assured we are doing everything we can in advance to minimise the impact to our customers.

Conclusion

There are anti-government demonstrators at the airport that make it impossible for the airlines process check-ins and passengers to reach immigration.

You have to keep in mind that peaceful demonstrations are allowed in democratic countries and sometimes there are disruptions for unintended third parties in this case to passengers. Not sure how this all will end?

It is interesting that Cathay Pacific hints on its announcement that these demonstrations at the airport will continue on Wednesday as it implies that passengers should not proceed there tomorrow either.

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