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Hong Kong Airport reopens after closure due to protests

by on August 12, 2019
 

Update, 14 August 5:30PM HKT: Flights have resumed, however a huge backlog means that there may be delays and long queues. HKIA recommends arriving at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight. Airport Express trains are only running every 25 minutes, so allow extra for travel by train. Only travelling passengers are allowed in the terminals, so be prepared to show your travel documents to security personnel upon arrival at the airport.

Update, 13 August 6PM HKT: All flights out of Hong Kong for the rest of today have been cancelled, a repeat of yesterday’s cancellations.

Update, 13 August 4:45PM HKT: Flights have resumed, however there is potential for further flight disruptions at short notice. Travellers are being encouraged to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong on Tuesday 13 August and Wednesday 14 August and should not proceed to the airport unless they have a confirmed booking.

Update, 13 August 8AM HKT: A limited number of Cathay Pacific flights will be departing Hong Kong today for connecting passengers who are already in transit. As immigration counters remain closed, no passengers departing Hong Kong can be accommodated. For more, see this travel alert.


Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has cancelled all remaining flights for today. Authorities imply that disruptions from protests have overwhelmed the airport’s facilities and operational capabilities.

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. Hong Kong International Airport, 12 Aug 2019, 4:50PM

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon also advise 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.

If you are travelling during this time frame, you are advised to postpone non-essential travel both today (12 August) and tomorrow (13 August) and should not proceed to the airport. Also note that In-town Check-in services have been suspended.

Check your flight status

If you’re travelling with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon you can check the status of your flight here. For all other airlines you can check their websites for the status of your flights. Do not proceed to the airport as all passengers are being asked to leave the terminal buildings.

We’ll provide further updates as they come to light.

Airline Travel Advisories

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