Scoot flight from Singapore to Hong Kong forced to turn back due to airport protests
It was among several flights to and from Singapore that were affected by protests at the Hong Kong airport.
"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.
Alternatively, they can book Singapore-Macau/Macau-Singapore flights operated by Scoot within 14 days of the original flight, at no additional charge.
Passengers also have the option of getting a full refund via a Scoot travel voucher, said the airline.
"In total, about 500 passengers were affected for today’s flights," said the airline."Scoot sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused."
"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.
"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.
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.
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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.
Hong Kong was hit by another weekend of violent clashes between police and protesters.
They have been seen as the biggest threat to Beijing's rule since Britain handed Hong Kong over in 1997.Read more: CNA
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