Qantas, Virgin cancel flights to Hong Kong amid protests
Qantas and Virgin Australia on Monday cancelled all flights to Hong Kong due to ongoing pro-democracy protests in the Chinese special administrative region.
The cancellations were announced after peaceful protesters staged a sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport — one of the world’s busiest airports.
The airport was forced to cancel all departing and arriving flights.
Virgin Australia said in a statement:
“At this stage, all other Virgin Australia flights are operating as expected however we continue to monitor the situation and advise guests to check their flight status on our website before heading to the airport.
“If there are any changes to flights, we will be in contact with guests directly.”
Qantas said flights to Hong Kong should resume on Tuesday evening.
“We are planning to operate Qantas flights scheduled to depart Hong Kong on Tuesday evening,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
“We are providing affected customers with options to rebook their flights.
“Customers should check their flight details on the Qantas flight status page.”
According to the South China Morning Post, over 300 flights to Hong Kong have been cancelled.
Flagship carrier Cathay Pacific has reportedly cancelled 200 flights alone.
Two staff members from the airline were dismissed on Monday for supporting the protests, The Guardian reported.
China’s aviation regulator demanded Cathay Pacific hand-over all “identifying information” for staff on mainland routes “effective immediately”, which The Guardian understands has been complied with.
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