From ABTA Destinations Team:
Hong Kong International Airport will implement flight rescheduling today (13 August) with flight movements expected to be affected. Passengers are reminded to pay attention to the latest flight information through the airport’s website and “HKG My Flight” mobile app. Please confirm the flights before heading to the airport. Passengers can also check with their airlines for the latest flight information.
Last updated on: 2019-08-13 06:00:00 https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/important-notice/index.page?noticeid=1523424631510-3
Hong Kong (SAR of China): FCO Travel Advice Update
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Hong Kong (SAR of China) with an update to the Summary – Update on continued protests and flight cancellations at Hong Kong International Airport on 13 August. Passengers should check their flight status with their airline and on the Hong Kong International Airport website. The relevant applicable extract of the advice is below for your reference:
An unannounced protest is planned at Hong Kong Airport on 13 August from 13:00 local time (0600 UK time). There have been some cancellations of flights. The airport authorities advise members of the public not to travel to the airport. Passengers should check their flight status on the Hong Kong International Airport website
You should be prepared that the situation around protests and public gatherings could change quickly, with the potential for significant violence. If you are in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder.
Some protests may not have received authorisation from the police. Unauthorised protests have become more frequent and widespread, affecting many areas across Hong Kong, including some areas popular with tourists on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon. Compared to authorised protests, unauthorised protests are met by a more rapid and more severe police response. Recent unauthorised protests have attracted heavy use of tear gas, including in built up and residential areas. You should therefore exercise vigilance in the vicinity of unauthorised protests.
Activities related to protests have spilled over into large public spaces, including shopping centres, housing estates and metro (“MTR”) stations, on the margins of recent protest routes. Protests can deviate from planned routes and there is the possibility of injuries among those accidentally caught up in events. Demonstrations may lead to sections of the city being closed off and strikes by public transport workers will significantly disrupt services. In recent protests, bus routes, MTR stations, the Airport Express and the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal have temporarily suspended operations without warning.
The overall level of the advice has not changed, there are no restrictions within the advice.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong
Cathay Pacific Statement
Flight disruptions at Hong Kong International Airport this week
Latest update: 13 Aug 2019 12:45 HKT (GMT+8)
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon were informed by the Airport Authority in Hong Kong that all departing afternoon/evening flights were cancelled on Monday, 12 August and in the morning of Tuesday, 13 August. This is as a result of the public assembly at Hong Kong International Airport, which is ongoing. There is potential for further flight disruptions at short notice.
Customers are therefore encouraged to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong on Tuesday 13 August and Wednesday 14 August and should not proceed to the airport unless they have a confirmed booking.
With immediate effect, all charges and fare differences will be waived for certain ticket changes. Please view more details on our Special ticketing guidelines page.
To view our cancelled flights on Monday 12 August, please visit the links below:
To view our cancelled flights on Tuesday 13 August, please visit the links below:
All passengers are urged to check Flight Status before proceeding to the airport. To ensure you receive the latest flight status updates via SMS or email, please update contact details in Manage Booking. You can also download our app for iOS or Android and enable our push notifications.
For passengers with confirmed bookings, we suggest arriving 3 to 4 hours prior to your flight’s scheduled departure time, and also to take advantage of our In-town Check-in services, which resumed today.
Please visit our Flight delays and cancellations page, to understand our service recovery during disruptions.
While disruption events like these can change significantly and at short notice, rest assured we are doing everything we can in advance to minimise the impact to our customers.
Customers are advised to carry essential items such as medication, baby formula, nappies etc. and items such as books or game to keep their children occupied in their hand luggage as a precaution. .
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as appropriate.