As anti-government protesters continue to occupy the Hong Kong airport’s main terminal for the fourth consecutive day, the airport authorities have canceled all departing flights for today.
Hong Kong is one of the busiest airports in the world and also facilitates several tourists visiting Macau often known as the global gambling hub.
In a recent interview,responding to how the current protests in Hong Kong are affecting business in Macau, global gambling giant, Wynn Resorts’ CEO Matt Maddox said: “When you have hundreds of flights canceled out of Hong Kong and some reluctance to travel, I do think that’s impacting the premium end of the business.”
With protests intensifying in Hong Kong experts have said that it is already taking a toll on tourism in Macau and its casino industry.
According to BBC, the officials in Hong Kong have said that the operations had been “seriously disrupted” by the public assembly of the anti-government protests.
In a statement on Monday, Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said they were canceling all flights that were not yet checked in. More than 100 flights scheduled after 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT) will now not depart.
Kong Wing-Cheung, senior superintendent of police public relations branch, said that the information he got before he went in was that in the airport passenger terminal building there are over 5,000 protesters.
A controversial extradition bill which was brought in by the government has led to massive demonstrations and protests which is now going into its third month.