SAA cancels Hong Kong flights as protest action escalates

This comes as authorities in that country have called on all passengers to leave the Hong Kong terminal buildings as soon as possible due to protest action.

Picture: South African Airways

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed to Eyewitness News that a decision has been taken to cancel all flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong for Monday.

The airline took the decision earlier as protests in the Chinese-ruled territory escalated, affecting millions of travellers.

Hong Kong's international airport has cancelled all flights there and the authorities were blaming thousands of demonstrators for the disruption at one of the world's busiest terminals.

The increasingly violent protests have plunged the island into its most serious crisis in decades.

They started 10 weeks ago in opposition to a bill allowing extradition to mainland China but have widened to highlight other grievances.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said: “SAA will continue to monitor the situation and will be in constant liaise with authorities in Hong Kong to receive updates and to know when to resume operations. SAA would like to apologise for all the inconvenience caused by this operational disruption, which was outside the airline’s control.”

Tlali added: “Access to the airport is a bit difficult because of the congested road conditions.”