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UPDATE: Hong Kong Airport Protest, Flights Cancelled

Please be updated that flights have resumed at Hong Kong Airport but backlog may be experienced.

OTS Astracon will provide updates if there are any further developments.

HONG KONG – Freighter flights have continued to depart and arrive at HKG as usual, despite a flight stoppage ordered by Hong Kong’s airport authority today. However, cargo was booked to fly on many of the canceled passenger flights, and so shipments moving in the belly hold will likely encounter delays in the days to come.

Hong Kong’s airport authority announced at around 17:00 local time that all flights would be canceled for the rest of the evening, saying that operations had been “seriously disrupted” because of a sit-in by protesters in the passenger terminal.

With hundreds of passenger flights canceled today, and with more disruption expected tomorrow as the airport handles the backlog, belly cargo shipments will undoubtedly suffer from delays as passenger loads limit available cargo capacity, particularly on outbound flights. It remains to be seen whether more belly shipments will shift over to freighters and carriers will experience a consequent squeeze in maindeck capacity.

Based on a combination of flight-tracking data and information from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), only several freighter flights have been cancelled today. The airport declined to comment, but we note that not all of them can definitively be linked to the suspension announcement by the airport:

Please see the following article from Air Cargo World for further information:

OTS Astracon will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as further information becomes available. Please contact your account representative if there are any questions.