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Hong Kong airport periodically closed landside to airside - limited BA Ops, ongoing

Hong Kong airport periodically closed landside to airside - limited BA Ops, ongoing

Old Aug 12, 19, 2:30 am
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Hong Kong airport periodically closed landside to airside - limited BA Ops, ongoing

According to reports:

Hong Kong airport authority has announced that “all check in service for departure flights has been suspended. Other than the departure of flights that have completed the check in process and the arrival of flights that are already heading to Hong Kong – ALL OTHER FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE REST OF THE DAY.” Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport.

BA.com yet to catch up with flight status. BA27 of 11 Aug (which departed LHR at 00:09 this morning) is about two hours out from HKG at the moment.

I wonder if tonight's outbounds will remain at LHR whilst the situation becomes clearer, rather than risk diversions or aircraft getting stuck at Chek Lap Kok unable to depart if operations remain suspended.

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Old Aug 12, 19, 2:35 am
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Both BA flights out of HKG tonight showing as cancelled on the HKIA website.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 2:42 am
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Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
Both BA flights out of HKG tonight showing as cancelled on the HKIA website.
contacted BA on both their UK and HK numbers and was told that I should still head to the airport.(flying into HKG)

that was just 3 minute ago.... do they just have outdated information?

What should I do? HELP!!!!!
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My flight to HKG appears to be taking off as normal, according to the gate agents. (but door has not closed yet). If my BA flight from HKG to LHR is not going to operate, should I ask to get off the flight to HKG right now?

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Old Aug 12, 19, 2:46 am
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Itís quite possible the cancelled flights from tonight will position empty to LHR.

What to do depends on where you are? If itís somewhere with good connectivity to LHR you might be better served working an alternative routing (especially if you have a TA to manage BA for you).
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Old Aug 12, 19, 2:49 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
Itís quite possible the cancelled flights from tonight will position empty to LHR.

What to do depends on where you are? If itís somewhere with good connectivity to LHR you might be better served working an alternative routing (especially if you have a TA to manage BA for you).
I am in HK now and I believe it is nigh on impossible to even get to the airport.
Also given health and safety concerns I would be suprised if air crew went to airport. HK is a bit of a tinder box (I was caught up in the protests in Wan Chai and saw the police actions and honestly it was dangerous).
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Old Aug 12, 19, 2:50 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
It’s quite possible the cancelled flights from tonight will position empty to LHR.

What to do depends on where you are? If it’s somewhere with good connectivity to LHR you might be better served working an alternative routing (especially if you have a TA to manage BA for you).
sorry... I should I have made it clear... I'm sitting on a plane that's about to take off for HKG. Doors are about to close.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 2:50 am
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The report I quoted, suggests that the HK authorities are letting aircraft already airborne and bound for HKG to continue and land, which by implication means no new take-offs to HKG will happen today.
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Originally Posted by Vangrovsky View Post
sorry... I should I have made it clear... I'm sitting on a plane that's about to take off for HKG. Doors are about to close.
If you could let us know which airport you are currently at, the hive will set into action and advise you of your options.

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If you could let us know which airport you are currently at, the hive will set into action and advise you of your options.

Best of luck

door just closed and we are pushing back.... gotta turn my phone off now...

anybody with advice, please post.... I'll check when the inflight wifi is turned on... THANKS!!!!!
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In which case I'm so lucky to have flown last night.

What's the reasoning? China pushing on its airspace due to strikes, protests causing problems? It was loud but peaceful there yesterday.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 3:01 am
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The violence on Sunday night has inflamed the protesters, and they have swarmed the airport. Had this messaged passed on by someone who just landed in HKG:

"Just landed at HKIA. Protest extends from arrivals all thr way the slope where you get the busses. It's like a maze trying to get through. Roads to airport jammed. Police are controlling traffic on the roundabout as none of the busses can get out of the airport terminus otherwise."
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The violence on Sunday night has inflamed the protesters, and they have swarmed the airport. Had this messaged passed on by someone who just landed in HKG:

"Just landed at HKIA. Protest extends from arrivals all thr way the slope where you get the busses. It's like a maze trying to get through. Roads to airport jammed. Police are controlling traffic on the roundabout as none of the busses can get out of the airport terminus otherwise."
door closed 5 minutes ago..

we pushed back... before the tug was disconnected, the pilot announced that we were going nowhere..

He said "Hong Kong is closed" (sure hope he meant just the airport, not the entire Hong Kong? )

Apparently the tug is going to remain connected and tow us to a remote stand for parking. Then buses will come to take us back to the terminal. Some other plane is waiting to use our gate.

Edit: looks like the pilots and/or airline operations realized how ridiculous that idea was... we didn't even finish pushback.... plane is moving back to the gate to let us off.

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Old Aug 12, 19, 3:13 am
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I hope I am wrong, but the wording of the announcement on HKIAís website could indicate that the police will move in at some point:

https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/i...565255215067-2

ípassengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possibleí..
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Old Aug 12, 19, 3:14 am
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I hope I am wrong, but the wording of the announcement on HKIA’s website could indicate that the police will move in at some point:

https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/i...565255215067-2

’passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible’..
I sure hope so.. better to have just the police move in... the alternative is probably way worse....

What if they are suspending airport operations to allow PLA troops to fly in tonight?
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Old Aug 12, 19, 3:16 am
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Originally Posted by Vangrovsky View Post
I sure hope so.. (just the police, that is) What if they are suspending airport operations to allow PLA troops to fly in tonight?
PLA are already in position mate.
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