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.
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LIST: Flights canceled due to Hong Kong protests
(Philstar.com) - August 5, 2019 - 8:49am

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

CATHAY PACIFIC FLIGHTS CANCELLED HONG KONG NAIA PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: January 13, 2020 - 6:06am

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

January 13, 2020 - 6:06am

Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth says he had been denied entry into Hong Kong, where he had arrived to launch the watchdog's annual report after months of civil unrest in the city.

Hong Kong has been battered by nearly seven months of occasionally violent protests, its biggest political crisis in decades. Millions have turned out on the streets of the semi-autonomous financial hub to demand greater democratic freedoms.

Roth was to give a press conference on Wednesday to unveil his organisation's latest global survey, which accuses China of prosecuting "an intensive attack" on international human rights agencies.

— AFP

January 10, 2020 - 1:55pm

Nearly one in three adults in Hong Kong reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder during months of often violent social unrest in the city, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal Friday.

And around one in 10 had symptoms of probable depression, figures comparable to those seen in areas of armed conflict or following terrorist attacks, the decade-long study led by researchers from the University of Hong Kong found.

Prevalence of PTSD symptoms was six times higher than after the last major pro-democracy "Occupy" protests in 2014, rising from about five percent in March 2015 to almost 32%  in September-November 2019.

The increase corresponds to an additional 1·9 million adults with PTSD symptoms in the city of 7.4 million.

Up to 11% of adults reported symptoms of depression, from around two percent before the Occupy protests, and 6.5% in 2017, the study estimated. — AFP

January 10, 2020 - 12:42pm

Nearly one in three adults in Hong Kong reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder during months of often violent social unrest in the city, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal Friday.

And around one in 10 had symptoms of probable depression, figures comparable to those seen in areas of armed conflict or following terrorist attacks, the decade-long study led by researchers from the University of Hong Kong found.

Prevalence of PTSD symptoms was six times higher than after the last major pro-democracy "Occupy" protests in 2014, rising from about five percent in March 2015 to almost 32 percent in September-November 2019. — AFP

January 6, 2020 - 6:40pm

Beijing's new top envoy to Hong Kong said he hoped the protest ravaged city would "return to the right path" as he took up his post on Monday.

Luo Huining replaced Wang Zhimin as head of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong — the most significant personnel change by China since violent pro-democracy protests erupted in the city nearly seven months ago.

The 65-year-old Luo delivered a short statement to reporters in Mandarin  not the city's lingua franca Cantonese. 

He gave little clue as to whether Beijing's approach towards the city would change as it convulses with popular anger against mainland rule.

"In the past six months, Hong Kong's situation has made everybody's heart wrench. Everyone earnestly hopes that Hong Kong can return to the right path," Luo said, declining to take questions from reporters. — AFP

January 1, 2020 - 5:18pm

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong for a massive rally on New Year's Day as demonstrators look to carry the momentum of their months-old movement into 2020.

Hong Kong has been battered by nearly seven months of unrest, which was sparked by a proposal to allow extraditions to mainland China but morphed into a larger revolt against what many fear is Beijing's tightening control.

Demonstrators gathered in Victoria Park to march across Hong Kong's main island, through the Causeway Bay district -- usually packed with tourists and shoppers -- to Central, the commercial heart of the international financial hub.

"It is sad that our demands from 2019 need to be carried forward to 2020," said Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front, the umbrella group that organised the rally to put pressure on the city's government to respond to protesters' demands. -- AFP

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