Hong Kong Airport authorities have cancelled all evening flights as thousands of protesters gathered at both the arrival and departure hall. The Airport Emergency Centre has been activated.
According to an airport authority,
“Other than the departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights that are already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today.”
As shown on the Hong Kong International Airport website, flights scheduled to depart from 18:00 onward are cancelled. Although some protesters are leaving the airport premises, there is no announcement as to when the shut down will finish.
There is also a massive delay on the rail and bus network. While there are still significant amount of people stuck at the airport, many chose to leave by foot as you can see in the tweet below:
It appears that there has been an escalation of anger against the police force. It was reported that the police force fired tear gas at some underground train stations last weekend. The police force was also accused of shooting a woman in the eye with a beanbag round.
Here are some pictures taken at Hong Kong International Airport eariler. Pictures are taken from South China Morning Post.
Flight activities at 18:53 HKT: