SAA Cancels Flights To Hong Kong As Protests Intensify

South African Airways (SAA) airplane

South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed to Eyewitness News that a decision has been taken to cancel all flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong for Monday.

The airline took the decision earlier as protests in the Chinese-ruled territory escalated, affecting millions of travellers.

Hong Kong’s international airport has cancelled all flights there and the authorities were blaming thousands of demonstrators for the disruption at one of the world’s busiest terminals.

The increasingly violent protests have plunged the island into its most serious crisis in decades.

They started 10 weeks ago in opposition to a bill allowing extradition to mainland China but have widened to highlight other grievances.

EWN