After protesters occupied public areas at Hong Kong Airport for several days, the airport shut down operations at the airport on Monday evening.
The estimated 5000 protesters filled the arrival area, where unlike other parts of the city has not seen police take action when dealing with them. As operations have been hampered, Hong Kong Airport Authority closed the airport off to scheduled arriving flights that have not departed from their origin, and departures that have not completed their check-in processes. This move affected around 300 flights from Monday evening and Tuesday.
According to the airport's website arrival and departure flight status pages, hometown airlines Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines, and HK Express were the most heavily affected, Other airlines that have canceled flights include EVA Air, Mandarin Airlines, Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern.
The closure of the airport to flights is the second disruption at one of Asia's major air hubs, after around 200 flights were canceled last week Monday.
On Tuesday morning, operations resumed as the airport authority stated it would “implement flight rescheduling.”