Finnair passengers booked on code-share flights through Hong Kong are being hit with cancellations today after widespread industrial action in the territory.
More than 2300 workers at Hong Kong International Airport are on strike today following weeks of clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police.
Hundreds of flights have already been cancelled and the number is likely to increase as the day goes on and staff shortages become more acute.
“The airport will start implementing flight rescheduling at 12pm [07:00 Finland time], after which the number of flight movements handled will be lowered” airport authorities said in a statement.
The canceled flights which affect Finnair passengers are code-shares with regional airlines Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, which connect Finnair passengers to onward destinations through Hong Kong.
Among the canceled flights are AY5853 to Ho Chi Minh; AY5831 to Bangkok; AY2631 to Phnom Penh; AY2641 to Kuala Lumpur; AY5837 to Singapore; and AY2627 to Hanoi.
So far, Finnair-operated direct flights to and from Helsinki and Hong Kong are not affected but passengers should check the Helsinki Airport website, and the Hong Kong International Airpoirt website for the full list of canceled flights.
Ongoing turmoil in democracy crackdown
Hong Kong has been rocked by months of political protests, as demonstrators took to the streets against a government plan to introduce a new extradition treaty with mainland China.
A general strike on Monday is being supported by thousands of workers in 20 sectors.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the city is on “the verge of a very dangerous situation.”
Cathay Pacific, a OneWorld Alliance partner of Finnair, has been quick to cancel flights from the city’s international airport – its main hub – in anticipation of staff shortages during the strike period.
“Over the last 50 days, the government has been ignoring the demands of the people and using only police force to try to suppress voices, causing countless Hong Kong people to despair” Cathay Pacific’s flight attendant union wrote on their Facebook page.