The Hong Kong Airport Authority has canceled all flights not yet checked in by Monday afternoon as thousands of anti-government protesters occupied both the arrival and departure halls of the Chek Lap Kok terminal.
“Other than departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been canceled for the rest of today,” the authority said in a statement.
Traffic on roads to the airport was very congested and car park spaces were full, the authority said.
The cancellation means the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers have been affected as the airport handles around 800 flights a day, RTHK reported.
The protesters have been staging a sit-in at the arrival area since Friday afternoon and should have wrapped up the generally peaceful event after three days.
But following violent clashes across the city overnight, a much bigger crowd of protesters returned to the airport on Monday.
Airport authorities said the public assembly has “seriously disrupted” operations at the terminal.
The protesters condemned the police for firing tear gas and bean-bag rounds at close range during Sunday’s clashes, which resulted in injuries.
Many of the demonstrators at the airport wore a patch over one eye in protest after news media showed images of a woman lying on the ground with blood oozing from her eye which was said to have been hit by a police projectile during clashes in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday. With a Reuters report
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