Breaking: Why 180 Flights Were Cancelled From Hong Kong Today

All departing flights have been cancelled in Hong Kong, as thousands of demonstrators descend on the city’s International Airport earlier Monday, CNN is reporting.

Around 180 flights leaving Hong Kong International Airport from now until the early hours of Tuesday morning have been canceled, according to the airport’s website.

The first scheduled departure now shown is a Hong Kong Airlines flight to Haikou, China, at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

A small number of protesters have been demonstrating at the airport all weekend, but today’s mass gathering was sparked by allegations of unnecessary police violence on Sunday.

The number of protesters at the airport has begun to seriously thin amid rumors of impending police action. 

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The Airport Express, the public train many use to reach the airport, isn’t much more crowded right now than on a normal busy day.

But at the station in central Hong Kong, from where the train departs, groups are congregating around flight displays, and looking for information on their phones, trying to figure out their next steps. Some are simply taking pictures of all the cancellations in red.

Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, handling 1,100 flights daily across about 200 destinations.

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