Hong Kong’s Airport Reopens on Tuesday After Unprecedented Closure

By Reuters
August 12, 2019Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Airport Reopens on Tuesday After Unprecedented Closure
Anti-extradition bill protesters rally at the departure hall of Hong Kong airport in Hong Kong, China on Aug. 12, 2019. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

HONG KONG—Hong Kong’s airport reopened on Tuesday but its administrator warned that flight movements would still be affected, after some 5,000 pro-democracy demonstrators packed into the main terminal to protest the police’s brutality and “loss of control” over the weekend.

The Chinese regime claimed the widespread anti-government protests that halted flights a day earlier showed “sprouts of terrorism.”

The notice was published on the Hong Kong International Airport’s official mobile app at 6 a.m. Aug. 13. The airport, one of the world’s busiest, blamed demonstrators for halting flights on.

“Hong Kong International Airport will implement flight rescheduling today with flight movements expected to be affected,” the notice said.

The exact trigger for the airport’s closure was not clear because protesters occupying the arrivals hall for the past five days have been peaceful. Most had left shortly after midnight, with about 50 protesters still there on Tuesday morning.

A Reuters reporter saw more than 100 travelers queuing up at Cathay Pacific’s ticketing counter early on Tuesday.

With reporting by The Epoch Times staff.

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