LIST: Flights canceled due to Hong Kong protests

LIST: Flights canceled due to Hong Kong protests
Protesters rally against a controversial extradition bill at the arrivals hall of the international airport in Hong Kong on July 26, 2019. Thousands of Hong Kongers, including flight attendants, held a rally in the airport's arrivals hall on July 26 to "educate" visitors about the demonstrations currently gripping the international finance hub as it braces for another weekend of protests.
AFP / Anthony Wallace

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 4:31 p.m.) — The Manila International Airport Authority announced that flights to Hong Kong would be canceled due to ongoing protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

The protests in Hong Kong, triggered by a controversial extradition bill, have caused a slowdown in airport operations.

As of 8 a.m. on Monday, here's the list of canceled flights:

NAIA Terminal 3

Cathay Pacific

August 5

  • CX907 HKG – MNL
  • CX906 MNL – HKG
  • CX919 HKG – MNL
  • CX918 MNL – HKG
  • CX903 HKG – MNL
  • CX902 MNL – HKG
  • CX935 HKG – MNL
  • CX934 MNL – HKG
  • CX912 MNL – HKG
  • CX939 HKG – MNL
  • CX976 MNL – HKG

August 6

  • CX912 – MNL – HKG
  • CX976 – MNL – HKG

NAIA Terminal 2

Philippine Airlines

August 5

  • PR318 MNL – HKG
  • PR319 HKG – MNL
  • PR306 MNL – HKG
  • PR307 HKG – MNL

Philippine Airlines advised its passengers that they may be accommodated on available flights for August 6. Passengers with affected flights may also rebook or refund their tickets within the next 30 days with rebooking and refunding fees waived.

"Our Hong Kong station team and the airport authorities are in regular communication. The goal is to restore normal airport operations at the soonest possible time," PAL said in an advisory.

Rescheduled flights

AirAsia, meanwhile, has rescheduled the following flights for August 5:

  • Z21264 MNL – HKG (New Departure: 17:05)
  • Z21265 HKG – MNL (New Departure: 20:00)

AirAsia passengers whose flights have been delayed for more than three hours or have been canceled may also change their flight to a new travel date, retain the value of their AirAsia BIG loyalty account for future travel with the airline or obtain a full refund.

"Guests who continue to travel are strongly advised to allow extra time to travel to/from the airport as well as follow the instructions of our ground staff and airport authorities," AirAsia said in an advisory. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: July 20, 2023 - 3:09pm

Millions march in Hong Kong in a powerful rebuke of an extradition law feared to expose them to China's capricious justice system.

July 20, 2023 - 3:09pm

Hong Kong national security police on Thursday detained four people, including the brother of prominent activist Dennis Kwok, one of eight fugitives with bounties on their heads for allegedly breaching national security. 

The city's national security department "took in two men and two women from various districts in Hong Kong and Kowloon for investigation," a police source told AFP. 

Among the four was the elder brother of former democracy lawmaker Dennis Kwok, who is currently in the United States.

"(Kwok's elder brother) is now under investigation in the Western District police station," the source said. 

Three others, "two women and a man", were taken in Tuesday by the national security department, authorities told AFP earlier Thursday.

AFP has requested comment from police on the most recent detentions. — AFP

July 11, 2023 - 4:12pm

Three family members of exiled democracy activist Nathan Law have been taken in for questioning on Tuesday, days after authorities issued a bounty on him and seven others accused of breaching the city's national security law.

Police officers from the national security department brought in Law's parents and elder brother without formally arresting them, a police source confirmed to AFP.

"It's understood that officers from the NSD took three people -- Nathan Law's parents and elder brother -- in for questioning," they said. 

"So far, no arrest has been made." — AFP

July 4, 2023 - 9:54am

The United States condemns Hong Kong authorities for issuing bounties linked to democracy activists based abroad, saying the move sets a dangerous precedent that could threaten human rights.

Hong Kong police offered bounties of HK$1 million (about $127,600) for information leading to the capture of eight prominent dissidents who live abroad and are wanted for national security crimes.

"The United States condemns the Hong Kong Police Force's issuance of an international bounty" against the eight activists, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller says in a statement.

"The extraterritorial application of the Beijing-imposed National Security Law is a dangerous precedent that threatens the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people all over the world," he adds, saying China is engaging in "transnational repression efforts."

"We call on the Hong Kong government to immediately withdraw this bounty, respect other countries' sovereignty, and stop the international assertion of the National Security Law imposed by Beijing." — AFP

June 5, 2023 - 2:47pm

Hong Kong's top court has quashed the conviction of a journalist in relation to her investigation into an attack on democracy supporters by government loyalists in 2019.

It was a rare victory for the press industry in a city where two major independent news outlets have been forced to shut down since Beijing imposed a national security law in 2020.

"Happy -- I could not think of another word that can describe my mood right now," veteran journalist Bao Choy said outside the Court of Final Appeal after the judgement was handed down.

"I think this kind of happiness belongs to everyone in society." — AFP

June 4, 2023 - 5:58pm

Hong Kong police detained Alexandra Wong, a prominent democracy activist better known as "Grandma Wong" on Sunday, the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, AFP reporters said. 

Wong was carrying flowers in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay shopping district, an area that for years was the site of June 4, 1989, commemorations, before authorities escorted her to a police van. AFP reporters saw a total of six people bundled into police vehicles.  — AFP

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