Mass flight cancellations at Hong Kong’s airport disrupted one of the world’s busiest air-transport hubs on Monday, causing chaos for tourists and business travelers and playing havoc with global airlines’ flight schedules.
The airport protest, which caused the cancellation of more than 150 flights, was a rare case of the movement having a direct impact on business travel and tourism — mainstays of the Asian business center’s economy.
Analysts said it could make foreign investors think twice about setting up shop in Hong Kong, which has long prided itself as being Asia’s leading business city with convenient air links for executives traveling across the region.
Hong Kong officials warned that Monday’s protest risked hurting the city’s reputation as a travel and transport center.
The airport handled 75.3 million passengers in 2018, making it the world’s second-busiest international airport after Dubai, according to preliminary data from Airports Council International.
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