Hong Kong airport flights grounded due to intensifying protests

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:28 AM PT — Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Hong Kong airport grounds all flights for the second day in a row as protesters continue to swarm the terminals. Airport officials made the announcement Monday as thousands of pro-democracy protesters remain seated in the world’s most busy terminal.

Initially, officials said the cancellations would only last through the end of Sunday. The public is now being warned to avoid the area as it is heavily congested. Demonstrators are using the sit-in to denounce the conflict with law enforcement and push for more rights.

“It’s kind of an inconvenience or selfishness caused to other people, but we cannot avoid this. It’s somehow unavoidable because we fight for our final goal: that is our freedom and that is why we pray a lot.” — Vincent Kan, Hong Kong protester

The Hong Kong airport says its working with airlines to reschedule and resume flights. Meanwhile, economists say those protests are also having a negative effect on markets.

Airport security personnel look on as protesters using luggage trolleys to block the departure gates during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong’s international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after demonstrators took over the terminals as part of their push for democratic reforms. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)