Travel Alert August 12 2019: All Flights Canceled at Hong Kong International Airport

As a result of public assembly and protests which have been intensifying, all flights have been canceled at Hong Kong International Airport for Monday, August 12, 2019.

Travel Alert August 12 2019: All Flights Canceled at Hong Kong International Airport

This announcement was posted at the official Internet web site of Hong Kong International Airport:

Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, all flights have been cancelled. All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible. Affected passengers please contact their respective airlines for flight arrangement.

The sudden cancellation of flights has led to this announcement, which has been posted at the official Internet web site of Cathay Pacific Airways:

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have been informed by the Authority that all departing flights are cancelled today, Monday 12 August, effective immediately. The cancellation period will extend until the morning of tomorrow, Tuesday 13 August. This is as a result of the public assembly taking place at Hong Kong International Airport.

Customers are therefore advised to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong both today (12 August) and tomorrow (13 August) and should not proceed to the airport. Additionally, In-town Check-in services have been suspended.

A limited amount of flights will be in service for connecting passengers only, who are currently in transit at Hong Kong International Airport. Immigration counters remain closed at the airport, and therefore no departing passengers are able to be accommodated on these flights.

Additionally, Cathay Pacific Airways has listed all flights to and from Hong Kong International Airport which have been canceled for Monday, August 12, 2019 and Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Meanwhile, other travel alerts and waivers are starting to trickle in. When this article was first being prepared, none of the airlines based in the United States had issued any travel alerts — but United Airlines has just issued this travel alert moments ago for Monday, August 12, 2019 through Thursday, August 15, 2019; and Tuesday, August 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

A lot of misinformation is being spread about what is currently going on at Hong Kong International Airport; and I would rather not perpetuate it.

Rather, just be advised that this fluid and changing situation is a result of the protests at the airport, which is a result of tensions which have been building for some time — and you will need to change your travel plans for the foreseeable near future if you intended on traveling to, from or within Hong Kong.

Expect more airlines from around the world which serve Hong Kong International Airport to issue travel alerts and waivers — and I intend to write an updated article listing them.

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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