Travelers bemoan flight disruptionsLocal | 12 Aug 2019 6:04 pm
Hundreds scrambled to rearrange their travel plans after all fights at Hong Kong International Airport werre canceled until tomorrow morning.
Hong Kong Express also canceled 11 outbound flights to desitantions icluding Bangkok, Tokyo and Jeju, South Korea. Nine inbound flight were deferred. So far, more than 100 flights have been canceled.
The Airport Authority of Hong Kong said in a statement earlier that flights for today other than those for which check-in has been completed have been canceled.
A traveler from Manchester, Sophie Hiley, was not pleased as she had reached the airport early to avoid any chaos, RTHK reports. Her flight back home was among the hundreds that were canceled. "I am not happy with this," she said.
Iranian citizen Jahan Rezakhanlou, who was in transit on his way to Australia, said he is looking for accommodation. Rezakhanlou, who had traveled to Hong Kong recently, said he still supported the protesters in the airport and said he respects Hong Kongers fighting for democracy and freedom.
"I'm stuck, asking around on social media for accommodation," he said, but added he still has a lot of respect for the protesters.
Another traveler, Clowting Joost from Netherlands, said he appreciated the peaceful means of these protesters as he does not support violence.
"Their cause is good," he said. "They have very good reasons to do this." Joost said though he is getting affected by their action, he was not annoyed with them.
Meanwhile, at the Airport Express station, one woman said she was planning to go to the airport to join the protesters but gave up the idea after getting messages that police will start action to clear the place soon.
But she said many of her friends were at the protest already.
The woman who didn't give her name, said many people like her had planned to go to the airport but were dissuaded by messages of imminent police action. Besides, the goal of forcing flight cancelations has been achieved already, she said.-RTHK/The Standard -Photo: RTHK