India issues travel advisory for people travelling to Hong Kong, airlines follow

More than 200 flights were cancelled due to the protest in Hong Kong. (Reuters)

New Delhi: A day after flight operations were disrupted at Hong Kong’s international airport, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today issued an advisory to its citizens for travelling to Hong Kong. ANI quoted MEA in a statement as saying, “While operations are likely to resume on August 13, however, flights are likely to continue to be delayed and/or cancelled as it is possible that more protests may be held.”

“Indian passengers are advised to be in touch with airlines to find alternative travel routes to avoid inconvenience, till normalcy is restored in airport operations,” the statement read.

The Ministry advised all Indian passengers to be in touch with their respective airlines for information about likely timelines for the resumption of their flights. For any further assistance it also shared the helpline number too. “Consulate can be reached at our helpline at 852 90771083,” the statement added.

Airlines like IndiGo and SpiceJet have also issued advisory for people travelling to Hong Kong.

Within a short notice on Monday, Hong Kong airport authorities suspended all remaining flights for the day after thousands of pro-democracy protesters entered the terminal’s arrival halls. This led to the cancellation of more than 200 flights.

Hong Kong has been shaken by protests, violence and non-cooperative action since 9 June, sparked by the now-abandoned extradition bill, which would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent back to mainland China.

Hong Kong is the world’s busiest air cargo port and the 8th busiest by passenger traffic, says the Airports Council International (ACI), a global association.