Slow crawl to boarding gate

Local | 13 Aug 2019 4:00 pm

Travelers using the in-town check-in service at Hong Kong and Kowloon MTR stations should allow themselves more time today. The MTR Corporation said passengers should check in two hours before departure time, instead of the usual 90 minutes, RTHK reports.
Meanwhile, the Airport Express is running at 12-minute intervals.

As of 3:00pm Cathay Pacific Airways and Cathay Dragon had canceled 97 flights to global and regional cities including, Los Angeles, Zurich, Amsterdam, London Rome, Brussels, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Changsha, Ho Chi Minh City, Wuhan, Beijing, Xiamen, Xi'an, and Hangzhou.  Hong Kong Airlines canceled 18 flights to destinations including Beijing, Taipiei, Bali, Seoul, Hon Chi Minh City, Chengdu, Shanghai, Fuzhou and Nanjing.

The airline has canceled 107 incoming flights from cities including Zurich, Brussels, Madrid, Wuhan, London, Tokyo, Ningbo, Chengdu, Sydney, Boston, Mumbai, Yangon, San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

Australian carrier Qantas canceled three flights to Australia last night, while 11 flights due to leave today to Hong Kong were also canceled: one out of Brisbane, seven out of Melbourne and three out of Sydney, The Guardian reported.
Some demonstrators returned to the airport today after a sit-in that began on Friday disrupted flights yesterday and today.
One of the protesters, who identified herself as Ms Leung, a university student, told RTHK the most effective way to put pressure on the government is to paralyze the economy.
"I think its impact is necessary to give pressure to the Hong Kong government in order for the government to withdraw the extradition bill,'' she said. 
With many flights still cancelled, passengers are gathering at airline counters to try to reschedule their trips. 
One of them, Mr Free from Belgium, said he is sympathetic towards the protesters despite his flight being delayed to next week. 
"I agree with the protesters, they should do what they think is necessary. For us, it obviously sucks. Our flight has been cancelled but it's a price somebody has to pay and that would be me this time haha," he said. 
But another affected passenger, Ms Kwan, said some of the protesters' claims were simply untrue. 
"Most of their signs were not accurate. They said Hong Kong police are murdering Hong Kong citizens, that's not correct. They've not murdered a single person,'' she said.-RTHK/The Standard 

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