Taiwan-HK flights gradually restored to normal

14-Aug-2019 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Flights between Taiwan and Hong Kong have gradually returned to normal Tuesday after Hong Kong’s airport reopened and started to get its operations back on track in the morning, Taiwan aviation officials said.

At Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan’s main international gateway, 35 flights to and from Hong Kong are expected to be canceled Tuesday, affecting 6,200 passengers, said Jerry Dann, senior vice president of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Co.

The situation will improve in the afternoon, Dann said, and airlines will use bigger aircraft to increase capacity.

“The airlines told us they will be able to transport all stranded passengers today,” Dann said.

For Taiwan-Hong Kong flights in the afternoon, China Airlines and its subsidiary Mandarin Airlines have canceled flights AE1817, AE1841, AE1831, CI7863, AE1818, AE0986, AE1842 and AE1832, which connect Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung to Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, EVA Airways has canceled flight BR868 from Hong Kong to Taoyuan in the afternoon.

Cathay Pacific Airways has a longer list of cancellations.

It has canceled flights CX5490, CX406, CX5436, CX400, CX430, CX472, CX5482 and CX5456 from Hong Kong to destinations in Taiwan and flights CX495, CX445, CX467, CX443, CX473, CX5483, CX5491, CX5443, CX5431, CX5455 and CX5457 from Taiwan to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong closed its airport Monday evening after it was occupied by swarms of protesters continuing their campaign to preserve Hong Kong’s legal freedoms and push for universal suffrage.

The closure forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, leaving a huge backlog of passengers hoping to get in or out of Hong Kong on Tuesday.



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