Hong Kong airport suspends flight check-ins: authority


Posted at Aug 13 2019 06:08 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2019 09:44 PM

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Anti-government protesters react after the announcement that all airport operations are suspended due to a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport, China August 13, 2019. Issei Kato, Reuters

HONG KONG - Flight check-in services have been suspended at Hong Kong's international airport, the airport authority said on Tuesday, citing disruptions caused by anti-government protests.

Increasingly violent protests have plunged the Asian financial hub into its most serious political crisis in decades, posing a challenge to the central government in Beijing.

The Airport Authority (AA) halted all flights to and from the airport on Monday, and flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said on Tuesday it had suspended all check-ins.

"Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today," the AA said, adding that check-in service for departing flights has been suspended since 4:30 pm local time.

In a separate statement, Cathay Pacific said: "There is potential for further flight disruptions at short notice."