Forwarders warn further airport disruption will undermine HK’s reputation

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The Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA) warns that if protests continue to disrupt operations at Hong Kong International Airport, the territory’s reputation as an international transportation hub and the world’s busiest cargo airport will be undermined.

The forwarding association says in a statement it, “strongly opposes violent disruption to the normal operation of Hong Kong International Airport,” noting the escalating interruption over the past two days. “Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and airport operations have stalled, both of which have hindered air cargo operations. HAFFA strongly opposes disruption to the normal operation of the airport,” it adds.

“If such disruption continues, it will undermine Hong Kong’s reputation as an international transportation hub and the world’s busiest cargo airport. It will have a far-reaching impact on Hong Kong and have a serious, adverse effect on the economy as a whole.

“The Association respects the freedom to express opinions lawfully and peacefully. All parties must resolve their differences through rational dialogue and constructive communication so that society can restore peace and prosperity as soon as possible,” the it adds.

Meanwhile, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) is implementing access control at the terminal buildings of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) starting from today after protestors forced the closure of the busy air hub twice this week.

The AA has also obtained an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and wilfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use of HKIA.

The moves come after thousands of protesters forced the closure of passenger operations at the airport and saw violent clashes between riot police and protesters at the terminals last night. The airport resumed normal operations today.

The airport authority says the move is to “maintain smooth operations of the terminal and normal flight movement operations, as well as to ensure the safety of passengers and airport staff.”

Only departure passengers with a valid air ticket or boarding pass for a flight in the next 24 hours and a valid travel document, or airport staff with relevant identification document will be allowed to enter the terminal buildings until further notice, the authority says.

Meanwhile, this interim injunction stipulates that “persons are restrained from attending, or participating in any demonstration, or protest, or public order event in the Airport other than in the area designated by the AA.”

Any person violating the interim injunction order may be held in contempt of court, and is liable to imprisonment or a fine, the AA says.

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