Flights canceled in more Hong Kong airport chaos

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 14, 2019

The airline over the weekend moved to comply with the demand from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), suspending a pilot arrested during anti-government protests in Hong Kong and firing two airport employees citing misconduct.

It follows a Monday warning from the airline to its staff that those who "support or participate in illegal protests" in Hong Kong could be fired.

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) plans to dispatch two aircraft and officials to help evacuate Thais from Hong Kong as confrontations between police and protesters raise the prospect that flights at Hong Kong's worldwide airport may remain suspended going into the weekend.

"If Hong Kong rioters can not read the signal of having armed police gathering in Shenzhen, then they are asking for self-destruction", the Global Times post warned.

As hundreds of outgoing and incoming flights were cancelled at one of the world's busiest airport and a major hub for the region, travelers were advised to leave the terminals as quickly as possible and contact the airlines for more information.

Videos of foreigners complaining about the protests soon began to go viral.

A Fiji Airways spokesperson says at present, they plan to operate today's Nadi to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Nadi services. Elsewhere, protesters engaged in a heated debated with a Chinese visitor who was angry at the amount of money the delays had cost him, with one protester throwing coins in his direction. He can be heard telling them to "get a job" and that the protests would be bad for businesses and their economy, to which the protesters replied, "You are upset because your flight was delayed".

At least three men were mobbed inside the airport by protesters.

While bound, Fu kept shouting "I support the Hong Kong police!" Everyone in Hong Kong is so welcoming to all foreigners and then to experience this, it hurts me.

"I appreciate what everyone is fighting for, but this isn't what it's supposed to be like".

In 2018, 1.02 million tourists visited Thailand from Hong Kong, generating revenues of 42 billion baht. I would rather go back to South Africa if this is what I'll be living with for the next few years.

What's called the Basic Law - Hong Kong's "constitution" since the United Kingdom gave the territory back to China in 1997 - is clear about when Chinese military can be used in the city.

The huge social gulf between the handful of billionaires who dominate Hong Kong, economically and politically, and the vast majority of the city's population looms large.

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