FLIGHTS resumed at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) on 14 August 2019, after the airport authority succeeded in securing an interim injunction to halt widespread public protests, writes Thelma Etim.

The airport has been the latest focus of demonstrations centring on calls for democratic reform by thousands of Hong Kong citizens.

A statement on its website reads: “Interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and wilfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use of HKIA.

“The airport authority has obtained an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and wilfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use of Hong Kong International Airport.

“Persons are also restrained from attending or participating in any demonstration or protest or public order event in the Airport other than in the area designated by the airport authority.

“The interim injunction expressly provides that nothing in the interim injunction shall be construed as authorising any demonstration, protest or public order event contrary to the Public Order Ordinance,” the statement concludes.

The legal move comes after hundreds of flights did not take off at the airport, which is traditionally one of the busiest airfreight hubs in the world.

Cathay Pacific Airways was forced to cancel more than 200 flights, disrupting belly-hold cargo shipments on the second consecutive day of protests on 13 August.

Cathay’s scheduled flights to and from Hong Kong, including to Shanghai, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Rome, Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, New York, Zurich, Taipei, Dubai, Bahrain and London, were among those affected.

Despite the demonstrations, a number of international airlines managed to continue operating normally through the south-east Asian airport, including Qantas and Lufthansa.

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