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






As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: May 12, 2022 - 8:27am

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

May 12, 2022 - 8:27am

An elderly Catholic cleric critical of Beijing was released on bail by Hong Kong authorities, local media reported late Wednesday, hours after he was arrested under the city's national security law.

Retired cardinal Joseph Zen was seen waving to reporters in a video posted on Twitter, as he left a police station in Chai Wan. He was released shortly before the White House issued a statement demanding he be freed.

Cantonese pop singer Denise Ho, who was also among the group of veteran democracy advocates arrested under the law, was similarly released on bail, local media said. — AFP

May 3, 2022 - 2:46pm

Hong Kong has plummeted down an international press freedom chart as authorities have wielded a draconian new security law to silence critical news outlets and jail journalists, a new report says on Tuesday.

In the last year alone it has plunged 68 places to 148th, sandwiching the international business hub between the Philippines and Turkey.

"It is the biggest downfall of the year, but it is fully deserved due to the consistent attacks on freedom of the press and the slow disappearance of the rule of law in Hong Kong," Cedric Alviani, head of RSF's Taiwan-based East Asia bureau, told AFP.

"In the past year we have seen a drastic, drastic move against journalists," he added. — AFP

April 27, 2022 - 8:24am

Heavy-handed government action, self-censorship and physical threats against journalists have left Hong Kong's media freedoms in a "dire" state, a UK-based campaign group says.

Hong Kong Watch urges Western countries to defend journalists in the former British territory, including by offering them visas to relocate and outlets for Cantonese-language programming overseas.

The governments of both Hong Kong and China were guilty of "dismantling media freedom in Hong Kong", in part through a sweeping National Security Law imposed by Beijing in 2020, the group says in a new report.

"The situation for media freedom in Hong Kong is dire," it says. — AFP/Jitendra Joshi

April 20, 2022 - 5:03pm

US video hosting service YouTube Wednesday suspends a channel promoting Hong Kong official John Lee's uncontested bid to be the city's next leader, saying the move was in compliance with sanctions against the ex-security chief.

Lee is expected to be appointed the business hub's new chief executive by a committee of 1,500 Beijing loyalists next month. He faces no rivals.

Parent company Google defends the decision to remove his channel, saying the move was in compliance with US sanctions, which ban American companies and individuals from providing services to targeted officials.

"After review and consistent with these policies, we terminated the Johnlee2022 YouTube channel," a company spokesperson says. — AFP

April 20, 2022 - 1:54pm

A pro-democracy Hong Kong radio DJ was jailed for 40 months on Wednesday for "seditious speech" under a British colonial-era law authorities have embraced as China flattens dissent in the city.

Tam Tak-chi, 49, is among a growing number of activists charged with sedition, a previously little-used law that prosecutors have dusted off in the wake of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019.

The DJ's sentencing was aggravated because his seditious speech continued after China imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in 2020, Judge Stanley Chan said Wednesday while announcing the punishment.

"Live long, mother, wait for me," Tam shouted afterwards as he was taken away from the court.

Better known by his moniker "Fast Beat", Tam hosted a popular online talk show that backed democracy and was highly critical of the government, often using colourful language.   AFP

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