The flight disruptions continue to haunt the commuters in Hong Kong on the sixth day. The protest movement that has been going forward since almost a week has now reached a global spotlight. The effects are expected to be felt globally as the disruptions continue Tuesday.
The Hong Kong International airport is held hostage by the pro-democracy protests. Hundreds of protesters barged into the main terminal of the airport on Monday, and the airport authorities had to cancel all the flights in the afternoon. The cancellation on Monday included the long-distance destinations like Australia, the UK, and the US.
It should be remembered that the Hong Kong International Airport caters to over 220 destinations and a majority of them are for the Asia Pacific region. The frequent flights are directed to mainland Chin that includes Shanghai and Beijing.
The airport authorities have claimed that the flights will resume from 6 am on Tuesday. However, a host of the flights have been indicated as being cancelled on the official website of the airport. We could find almost 130 incoming flights, and an equal number of outgoing flights have been cancelled until Tuesday midnight.
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Almost 30 protesters are still at the airport and plan to disrupt the activities beginning Tuesday once again. The protests at the airport have begun since last Friday and assumed growing proportions over the weekend. If the strike continues on Tuesday, it will be the fifth day and is set to take a toll on a global level.
The strikes on Monday have become a huge blow to the airport. It should be noted that Hong Kong airport is an important hub for international cargo operations. The air freights were handled on Monday night, but given the fact that most of the freight is carried through the passenger flights, it has severely affected the cargo hub operations.