Hong Kong protesters shut airport for second day

 Hong Kong airport, flight cancelled, Protesters

Hong Kong - Immigration counters at the airport terminal have shut down after protesters blocked the entrance.


Published: Tue 13 Aug 2019, 1:37 PM

Last updated: Wed 14 Aug 2019, 1:58 AM

Pro-democracy demonstrators severely crippled operations at Hong Kong's international airport for a second day on Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights as the city's pro-Beijing leader warned that the protesters had pushed events onto a "path of no return".
After a brief period early in the day when flights were able to take off and land, the airport authority suspended check-in services for departing flights as of 4:30pm. Departing flights that had completed the process were allowed to continue to operate.
It said it did not expect arriving flights to be affected, although dozens were already cancelled. The authority advised people not to come to the airport, one of the world's busiest transport hubs.
More than 200 flights were cancelled on Monday and the airport was effectively shut down with no flights taking off or landing. Passengers have been forced to stay in the city while airlines struggle to find other ways to get them to their destinations.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the instability, chaos and violence have placed the city on a "path of no return".
The black-clad demonstrators have shown no sign of letting up on their campaign to force Lam's administration to respond to their demands, including that she step down and scrap proposed legislation under which some suspects could be sent to mainland China, where critics say they could face torture and unfair or politically charged trials.

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