FIFTEEN flights to and from Hong Kong were canceled on Monday because of the anti-government protests that caused travel chaos in the city.
The Manila International Airport Authority said at least 11 flights of Cathay Pacific were canceled.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) canceled four flights: PR306 and PR318, both bound to Hong Kong from Manila; and PR307 and PR319, bound to Manila from Hong Kong.
The airline said passengers could instead take available flights on Tuesday, rebook or ask for a refund.
Cebu Pacific said it was advised by the Hong Kong Airport Authority that their operations were affected by the general strike that might cause delays or cancellation of flights between Hong Kong and Manila, Clark, Cebu and Iloilo.
The airline offered to waive charges for rebooking and refunds for those who have booked their flights on August 5 with travel dates on Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 2019.
For those who need to travel from August 5 until 7, passengers are advised to allot more time and make adequate preparations due to additional security measures and disruptions in public transport.
PAL and Cebu Pacific said they were monitoring the situation in Hong Kong and would adjust flights according to the developing situation there.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong has sought the release of a Filipino, who was arrested on Saturday in Mong Kok district on suspicion that he took part in the protest rally.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said the consulate had provided assistance to the Filipino.
It said the man, detained at the North Point Police Station, was under investigation for “unlawful assembly.”
“But the Consulate General is making sure that his legal rights and his assertions of innocence are duly respected,” the DFA added.
Deputy Consul General to Hong Kong Germinia Aguilar Usudan reported that consulate personnel had visited the Filipino, who was found to be in good condition.
“The Filipino categorically denied that he was taking part in the protest and insisted that he was just in the area to buy food, passing through the side streets, knowing that protests were ongoing in the main streets,” the DFA said.
“However, protesters were also on the side street where he was, and the former started running as they were chased by riot police,” it added in a statement.
With a reports from BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO