Hong Kong Airport Only To Operate One Runway On Monday (Half Of The Flights Canceled)

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Hong Kong media was reporting on Sunday that the Airport Authority had planned to close one of the two runways for Monday, which would require airlines to reduce their flight activity by 50%.

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The airport asks passengers scheduled to fly on Monday to check their itineraries and not to come to the airport if their flights are not operating. Cathay Pacific has issued a travel waiver allowing free rebookings for flights scheduled for August 5 & 6, 2019.

You can access Hong Kong Airport’s website here and Cathay Pacific’s here.

Here’s an excerpt from the South China Morning Post (access their piece here):

Hong Kong is preparing for massive flight cancellations, commuter chaos, traffic jams and service disruptions on Monday when the largest citywide strike in decades takes aim at public transport networks and crucial industries to protest against the government’s extradition bill fiasco.

The airport is expected to reduce flight operations to just one runway from two. Based on estimates, this could mean half of flights on Cathay Pacific Airways, the city’s flag carrier, could be affected, in the most direct blow to travellers, as concerns about the near nine-week anti-government protests gain international attention.

The decision by the Civil Aviation Department on Sunday night came amid anonymous air traffic controllers following through on threats to join Monday’s citywide strike.

Here’s an advisory from Cathay Pacific:

Latest update: 05 Aug 2019 0:45 HKT (GMT+8)

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have been informed by the Airport Authority of Hong Kong that airport operation may be affected on 5 August 2019. We strongly recommend customers postpone non-essential travel on this day.

With immediate effect, rebooking and rerouting charges will be waived for all tickets issued worldwide (irrespective of fare type) on/before 5 August 2019 for travel on Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon confirmed bookings arrivingin to and departing from HKG on 5 August 2019 and 6 August 2019. Please view more details on our Special ticketing guideline page.

All customers scheduled to fly 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.

To understand our service recovery during disruptions, please visit our Flight delays and cancellations page.

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 customers.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will continue to update the affected flights on Monday, 5 August 2019 here as soon as possible.

Here are the rebooking guidelines:

The Hong Kong Airport Authority has announced that air operations may be affected today, 5 August 2019. Therefore, with immediate effect, rebooking and rerouting charges will be waived for all tickets issued worldwide (irrespective of fare type) on/before 5 August 2019 for travel with Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon confirmed booking arriving to and departing from Hong Kong between 5 August 2019 and 6 August 2019.

1. Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon tickets

a. Cancellation and Refund

  • No waiver on cancellation, and refund charges.

b. Rebooking/ rerouting

Rebooking/ rerouting charges will be waived on conditions that:

  • Such requests are made on/before 18 August 2019 and before departure, for travel with Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon confirmed booking arriving to and departing from Hong Kong between 5 August 2019 and 6 August 2019.
    No-show passengers are not eligible for the waiver.
  • Revised (NEW) travel date must be on/before 30 November 2019 and subject to flight availability.
    In which case, the ticket expiry date will be adjusted accordingly.
  • The newly rebooked sector must observe and conform to the conditions of the respective fare rule, e.g. blackout dates, flight application, weekend/weekday travel, stopover charges and applicable seasonality by collecting additional/refunding difference (if any) as appropriate.
  • Reissuance charges will only be waived due to the expiry of the original ticket
  • Rerouting to/from/via Cathay Pacific/ Cathay Dragon online cities
    And subject to flight availability and fare/tax difference.

c. Group Tickets

  • Please refer to your local travel agent.

2. Asia Miles airline award tickets

For further details:

  • Please regularly check the Asia Miles website.
  • You can also contact The Marco Polo Club at (+852) 2747 5500 or Asia Miles Service Hotline at (+852) 2747 3838.
  • For further details, please refer to Asia Miles Terms and Conditions at Asia Miles Airline Award Redemption General Conditions.

Conclusion

Hongkongers are protesting China’s tightening grip of the city that was supposed to be governed separately from the mainland until at least 2047.

These latest demonstration started when the Hong Kong government was putting through a bill that would have allowed China to extradite anyone, even those transiting at the airport, without any juridical oversight.

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