Finnair flights hit amid Hong Kong protest crackdown

Thousands of anti-government protesters have disrupted services at the airport, forcing authorities to close it completely.

File picture showing flight arrival & departure board at Hong Kong International Airport / Credit: HKIA Instagram

Finnair flights between Helsinki and Hong Kong are disrupted after authorities in the Chinese territory closed the airport amid ongoing demonstrations.

The airport – whose advertising slogan is “where amazing journeys begin” – was the scene of protests again on Monday, as up to 6000 anti-government protesters occupied terminal buildings, disrupting services.

“Due to demonstrations in Hong Kong the airport is closed and several flights between Helsinki and Hong Kong are unfortunately disrupted on August 12-13 2019” says Finnair in a statement.

“There are both cancellations and delays. We are following the situation closely and will update any new information […] we do our best to minimize the effects to our customer” the airline says.

So far flights AY101 from Helsinki to Hong Kong and AY102 in the other direction have been cancelled on 12th August.

Two flights on 13th August are listed already as “heavily delayed”: AY99 from Helsinki to Hong Kong and also flight AY100 from Hong Kong to Helsinki.

Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, handling more than 75 million passengers every year, flying on 120 different airlines.