PICS: Hong Kong airport cancels all flights over sit-in protest

Hong Kong – Hong Kong’s Airport Authority has cancelled all flights not yet checked in by Monday afternoon, the agency said, as anti-government protesters peacefully demonstrated at the airport for a fourth day.

"Other than departure flights that have completed the check- in process and the arrival flights already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today," the authority said in a statement.

Traffic on roads to the airport was very congested and car park spaces were full, the authority said.

The increasingly violent protests have plunged Chinese-ruled Hong Kong into its most serious crisis in decades and presented a serious challenge to Beijing. 

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People are seen next to the temporarily closed security gates as anti-extradition bill demonstrators protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport. Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters
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Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport. Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

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Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport. Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

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Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport. Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

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Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport. Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

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Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport. Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

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Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport. Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

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