Flights have been suspended at Hong Kong’s international airport, the airport authority said on Tuesday, citing disruptions caused by anti-government protests.
Tuesday’s suspension comes a day after a pro-democracy protest brought the air transport hub to a standstill.
“Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly,” the airport authority said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport.”
The city’s leader Carrie Lam denounced the demonstrations, saying that “lawbreaking activities in the name of freedom” were damaging the rule of law, and that the Asian financial hub’s recovery from anti-government protests could take a long time.
Later on Tuesday, protesters were seen gathering once more in the departure hall of the airport, with Associated Press reporting some of the departing travellers struggling to get past the sitting demonstrators and into the immigration section.
“There have been calls from the protesters to once again build up numbers and do what they did on Monday. We haven’t seen the numbers that we saw yesterday,” he said.
“We are seeing as the afternoon goes on more and more protesters arriving,” he added.
On Monday, airport authorities cancelled all outgoing flights, as thousands of protesters started to gather in the departure and arrival areas of the airport.
However, the South China Morning Post reported that as many as 160 outbound and 150 inbound flights were already cancelled for the rest of the day on Tuesday before the official announcement came later in the day.