As a result of the ongoing political protests in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong International Airport has seen flight disruptions and cancelled flights in one of the biggest political crisis in the Special Administrative Region's history.
In response to the protests that has lasted just less than a week so far, the Airports Authority of Hong Kong implemented air traffic control measures prompting airlines to adjust their operations to/from the city. In several reports, over 200 flights have been cancelled and the airport has issued an advisory for travelers.
"The Airport Authority advises passengers to check with their airlines for the latest flight information, and to proceed to the airport only when their seats and flight time have been confirmed," the Airports Authority of Hong Kong said in a statement.
Among the most heavily affected airlines is hometown airline Cathay Pacific, which in an advisory has waived rebooking and rerouting charges for Cathay and Cathay Dragon flights departing on August 5 and 6. The airline has also stopped issuing standby tickets, and according to various reports over 100 Cathay Pacific had been cancelled.
Cathay Pacific's main hometown competitor – Hong Kong Airlines – saw the cancellation of around 30 flights.
Manila-based Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific issued advisories via social media for travelers heading to Hong Kong. On August 5, Philippine Airlines announced the cancellation of four flights between Manila and Hong Kong, while Cebu Pacific cancelled two. The budget airline also stated that disruptions could affect its other flights between Hong Kong and Manila, Clark, Cebu, or Iloilo.
Malaysian-based low cost AirAsia group announced it rescheduled 14 flights to/from Hong Kong on August 5. Among the affected flights include the airline's services between Hong Kong to/from Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Krabi.