United Airlines and American Airlines finally issued limited travel waivers yesterday for Hong Kong travel, though if you want to put off trips you need to plan to rebook for travel in the coming days. If you’re a tourist unsure of the current situation U.S. airlines that fly to Hong Kong want you to know they’ll keep your money and you’re out of luck if you want to push off a trip to the Chinese special administrative region.
After the airport was closed to departing flights Monday afternoon as a result of being overrun by protesters, people dispersed and some operations commenced again Tuesday morning.
However protesters returned and the airport once again shut down to departures on Tuesday afternoon.
— Emily Tsang (@ETemily) August 13, 2019
Air China has added capacity between nearby Shenzhen and Beijing for mainland-headed passengers to get out of Hong Kong.
Travelers are reportedly visibly frustrated, though protesters have also been seen offering water and San Miguel beer to those stranded (HT: Joe Brancatelli). Hong Kong Airlines, majority-owned by the mainland’s HNA Group, properly expressed condemnation of the protests and support for Chinese rule.