UPDATE: SAA resumes flights as Hong Kong Airport re-opens after protest disruptions

2019-08-14 15:50
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SAA has confirmed flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong have resumed on Wednesday, 14 August 2019. 

"We welcome this development and are relieved to reinstate our operations. We will now be able to transport our passengers and provide air transport service to our customers following the suspension of services in the past two days,” says SAA Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali. 

Hong Kong International Airport confirmed it will implement flight rescheduling "with flight movements expected to be affected".

"Passengers are reminded to pay attention to the latest flight information through the airport’s website and  HKG My Flight mobile app. Please confirm the flights before heading to the airport. Passengers can also check with their airlines for the latest flight information."

Handling some 1 100 flights daily across about 200 destinations, knock-on delays are widely expected as the rescheduling resumes. 

SAA says it will provide all necessary assistance to all its booked passengers, including those who may need to travel to points beyond Johannesburg and Hong Kong.  

“We are doing everything possible to facilitate travel for all passengers who could not travel in the last two days,” says Tlali.  

The following flights will operate as per published schedule:

  • SA287 14 August 2019 Hong Kong to Johannesburg | Scheduled time of departure 23h55 (SA time) or 15h55 UTC
  • SA286 14 August   Johannesburg to Hong Kong | Scheduled time of departure 17h35 (SA time) or 15h35 UTC  

CNN reports the airport has obtained a court order banning people from illegally protesting. A Hong Kong airport spokesperson is quoted saying, "only the departures entrances would be monitored for now. Two of the entrances have been closed -- two remain open". Also, an additional barrier has been put in place in case protesters want to occupy the airport again.  

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (bottom) block

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters blocked access to the departure gates during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13, 2019. A sit-in forced authorities to cancel all flights to and from the major international hub. The airport has since re-opened (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) 

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (bottom) block

 (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) 

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