- Hong Kong’s ninth consecutive week of protests disrupted flights at the city’s airport amid a general strike on Monday.
- More than 230 flights had been canceled as of Monday evening local time, mostly on Cathay Pacific, the region’s flag carrier airline.
- Protesters have been demonstrating against proposed extradition legislation that would have allowed residents to be sent to mainland China to stand trial.
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More than 14,000 people pledged a general strike on Monday, the BBC reported, as the demonstrations against more Chinese control in the autonomous region enter their ninth week. Specifically, protesters have been decrying leader Carrie Lam and proposed extradition legislation that would have allowed residents to be sent to mainland China to stand trial.
Air-traffic controllers and other workers did not report to work at the airport on Monday, the South China Morning Post reported. As a result, the airport was using just one of its two runways for takeoffs and landings.
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon were the most disrupted, with Hong Kong Airlines also cancelling flights Monday, data from FlightAware showed. As of 8:30 p.m. local time, 230 total flights had been delayed and another 338 delayed, the site said.
"Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have been informed by the Airport Authority of Hong Kong that air traffic flow control measures are being implemented on 5 August 2019," the airline said in a statement.
"As a result, many flights have been delayed or cancelled. Customers are advised to postpone non-essential travel. We strongly advise customers not to go to the airport unless they have a confirmed booking. Please note that standby travel is not available at this moment."
Flights have also been cancelled into Tuesday morning, the airline said.
Cathay employees also called in sick as part of the strike, internal messages published by the Hong Kong Free Press showed.
At the airport, protesters flooded the terminal. Videos posted to YouTube by travelers showed long lines and crowded terminals amid the travel chaos.
Shares of Cathay Pacific fell more than 4% in trading in Hong Kong on Monday, outpacing the benchmark Hang Seng index’s 2.85% decline. Markets around the world were roiled by new trade tensions between the United States and China, which sent Asian markets into a major selloff while US futures also dipped well into the red.
Elsewhere in Hong Kong, protesters blocked rush hour subway and commuter trains, the Associated Press reported, preventing commuters from leaving their stations.
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