Flights to and from Hong Kong’s worldwide airport had been cancelled or delayed for a second day Tuesday as protesters continued to occupy the primary terminal. And whereas most of the demonstrators left Tuesday evening, following a conflict with police armed with pepper spray and batons, they vowed to return to the airport Wednesday.
Hong Kong’s Airport Authority stated operations had been “significantly disrupted” because it halted check-ins. Greater than 300 flights had been affected Monday and Tuesday.
Here is what Canadian travellers ought to know:
Is it secure to journey to Hong Kong?
The Canadian authorities advises travellers to “train a excessive diploma of warning” if they’re travelling to Hong Kong. It says Canadians ought to monitor native media whereas there, and keep away from areas the place demonstrations and enormous gatherings are going down.
It additionally urges all Canadians travelling overseas to register in case of an emergency the place they’re visiting or again at dwelling. The service additionally permits Canadians to obtain essential info within the occasion of civil unrest.
What are the protests about?
The latest wave of protests started June 9 as tens of 1000’s of individuals took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest a invoice that may have allowed folks suspected of crimes within the former British colony to be extradited to mainland China to face trial. China has a 99.9 per cent conviction fee, and there was concern folks from Hong Kong wouldn’t get a good trial. The invoice was finally suspended, however folks need the invoice absolutely withdrawn — one thing Chief Govt Carrie Lam has refused to do.
The protest motion has grown to a wider name for democracy, with folks frightened in regards to the erosion of the “one nation, two programs” that established sure autonomies for Hong Kong when China took it again from Britain in 1997.
How lengthy will the airport be disrupted?
It isn’t clear. The protesters say they moved from the streets to the airport to convey their trigger to a world viewers. Over the weekend, demonstrators handed out leaflets in a number of languages, explaining their trigger and their objectives. They gathered within the terminals Monday and Tuesday, and vowed to return Wednesday.
What’s Air Canada doing to assist travellers?
Air Canada says that in the event you purchased a ticket no later than Aug. 11 for journey between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, you’ll be able to rebook your ticket to journey by Aug. 20 with no penalty. You may also rebook in case your journey itinerary features a flight to or from Hong Kong throughout the affected interval. If you rebook to journey after Aug. 20, any fare distinction will apply.
The airline says if tickets had been booked by means of Aeroplan or Air Canada Holidays, travellers ought to contact these corporations straight.
It additionally advises folks travelling to and from Hong Kong Worldwide Airport to reach on the airport at least six hours earlier than their flight’s scheduled departure to permit for additional time to test in and undergo safety.
What about different airways?
Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s essential airline, informed its clients to suspend all non-essential travel out of the city Aug. 13 and 14 and never even hassle going ot the airport. It additionally suggested travellers to test their flight standing and seek the advice of its flight delays and cancellation page for essentially the most up-to-date info.
Cathay Pacific warned its staff they could possibly be fired in the event that they supported or took half in what the corporate referred to as “unlawful protests.”
British Airways stated clients booked to journey Aug. 14 or 15 may rebook their flight to a different date or get a full refund.
Different Chinese language airways have provided passengers desirous to keep away from Hong Kong a free swap to close by locations, corresponding to Guangzhou, Macau, Shenzhen or Zhuhai.