Scoot flight from Singapore to Hong Kong forced to turn back due to airport protests
SINGAPORE: A Scoot flight to Hong Kong had to return to Singapore on Monday (Aug 12) due to the shutdown at Hong Kong International Airport. It ...
Share via E-Mail Bookmark SINGAPORE: A Scoot flight to Hong Kong had to return to Singapore on Monday (Aug 12) due to the shutdown at Hong Kong International Airport. It was among several flights to and from Singapore that were affected by protests at the Hong Kong airport. Advertisement Advertisement "The flight (TR980), originally scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong at 6.05pm local time, will land at Singapore Changi Airport at approximately 9.10pm local time," said Scoot in response to CNA's queries. A screengrab from Hong Kong International Airport's website showing a delay for Scoot flight TR980. It added that affected customers can rebook their flight to Hong Kong at no additional charge. Alternatively, they can book Singapore-Macau/Macau-Singapore flights operated by Scoot within 14 days of the original flight, at no additional charge. Advertisement Advertisement Passengers also have the option of getting a full refund via a Scoot travel voucher, said the airline. READ: More than 5,000 protesters at Hong Kong airport: Police Apart from TR980, three other flights were cancelled. They are - TR974 from Singapore to Hong Kong, as well as TR981 and TR975 from Hong Kong to Singapore. "In total, about 500 passengers were affected for today’s flights," said the airline."Scoot sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused." SEVERAL FLIGHTS TO AND FROM SINGAPORE AFFECTED At Changi Airport, six flights from Singapore to Hong Kong were affected - three by Cathay Pacific, two by Singapore Airlines and one by Scoot, said Changi Airport Group (CAG). "Singapore residents have been advised to return home or not to leave for the airport given the current situation. Those who had checked in have been allowed to collect their baggage," said a CAG spokesperson. "Non-residents have been advised to check with their airline regarding options available to them which may include alternate flights to their final destination for those who were going to transit in HKG." A check on Changi Airport's website at about 8.30pm showed that one flight, SQ868, has been retimed to 4am on Tuesday. It was originally scheduled to depart Singapore at 7.55pm on Monday. "Due to unexpected circumstances at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), flights to and from HKG may be affected. Please check with your airline for the latest information and status of your flight," read an advisory on Changi Airport's website. Anti-extradition bill protesters rally at the departure hall of Hong Kong airport in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Anti-extradition bill protesters wave flags with Chinese calligraphy that reads"Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times", at a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu The website of Hong Kong International Airport showed that all departure flights from 6pm local time had been cancelled - including six flights to Singapore. Singaporean Nicole Lim was among the passengers affected by the flight cancellations. She was travelling from New York to Singapore with Cathay Pacific and was in transit in Hong Kong. "There were no announcements made by the airport about the cancellations. I got my information online," said the 23-year-old. "It's not really chaotic in here, but people are trying to find out what's happening. I've been stuck in the queue for the service desks for about an hour," she told CNA. READ: Hong Kong police unveil water cannon trucks after new protests Passengers at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug 12, 2019 after flights were cancelled due to the protests. (Photo: Nicole Lim) She later said she was instructed by a Cathay Pacific employee to head to Shenzhen to get another flight from there instead. Ms Lim said she was told passengers would have to bear the cost of the new flight from Shenzhen, and that their checked-in luggage would be at Hong Kong airport until further notice. Asked if she would make the trip to Shenzhen, she said she did not want to take the risk. " I don't think its safe for me to leave and I don't want to take the risk either. I'm concerned about my luggage being here," she added. Hong Kong was hit by another weekend of violent clashes between police and protesters. It was the 10th consecutive weekend that protesters have taken to the streets in a movement that began over opposition to a Bill allowing extradition to mainland China. The protests have morphed into a broader bid to reverse a slide of democratic freedoms in the southern Chinese city. They have been seen as the biggest threat to Beijing's rule since Britain handed Hong Kong over in 1997. Source: CNA/aa(gs) Read more: CNA
First signs of terrorism emerging in Hong Kong protests: Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office HONG KONG (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS) - China on Monday (Aug 12) slammed violent protesters in Hong Kong who had used 'dangerous tools ' to attack police officers and warned that 'signs of terrorism are emerging'. . Read more at straitstimes.com. These are people peacefully protesting and they are about to be attacked by government forces The definition of terrorism seems to depend largely on what’s explained by the Beijing English Dictionary. If it is true that terrorism is emerging in Hong Kong, then the question arises as to why this is so? Terrorism does not emerge from nowhere - there are causes for it. One is where governments refuse to listen to their polities, to learn of their grievances through discussion.
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