Flights resume after second night of chaos at Hong Kong airport

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6:34 a.m. ET, August 13, 2019

Update on flight cancellations

Hong Kong airport has canceled all outbound flights that have not completed the check-in process, the airport authority said.

Flights that completed the check-in process before the authority canceled check-in services at 4:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m. ET) local time will continue operations.

 All inbound flights will continue to operate as scheduled.

Previously, Hong Kong’s Airport Authority told CNN that all outbound flights were canceled as of 5:15 p.m. local time.

"Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today ... airlines will provide arrangements for passengers who have not completed the departure process. Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport," the airport authority said in a statement.

6:18 a.m. ET, August 13, 2019

Cathay Pacific's parent company calls for "restoration of law and order"

From CNN's Sherisse Pham

Swire Pacific, the parent company of Hong Kong flagship airline Cathay Pacific, is calling for “the restoration of law and order" in the city. 

“Swire Pacific is deeply concerned by the ongoing violence and disruption impacting Hong Kong. We resolutely support the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Chief Executive and the Police in their efforts to restore law and order. We condemn all illegal activities and violent behaviour, which seriously undermine the fundamental principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ as enshrined in the Basic Law. All that is special about Hong Kong -- its flourishing economy and the safe home it provides for our people and families -- rests on a strong and respected rule of law. We must act now to stop the violence and preserve the stability, peace and prosperity of Hong Kong.”

6:13 a.m. ET, August 13, 2019

One of world's largest airports grinds to a halt -- again

A tourist gives her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate during another demonstration by pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13.
A tourist gives her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate during another demonstration by pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13. Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images

In the past year, Hong Kong International Airport handled 74.7 million passengers -- an average of 205,000 people every day.

The airport sees 1,100 passenger and cargo flights daily between about 200 international destinations.

But for the second straight day, it has been thrown into chaos by protesters.

Passengers have attempted to break through demonstrator blockades at security gates -- but many haven't been able to get through.

"Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport," the Hong Kong Airport Authority said in a statement. "The Airport Emergency Centre has been activated."

6:05 a.m. ET, August 13, 2019

Hong Kong on the "brink of no return," city leader warns

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaking during a press conference on Tuesday.
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaking during a press conference on Tuesday. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Just hours before Hong Kong airport canceled all flights for the second day in a row, Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned the ongoing protests were plunging the city into dangerous territory.

"Riot activities (have) pushed Hong Kong to the brink of no return," Lam said at a press conference today.

"The only thing we have to do is to go against violence and rebuild the city."

Lam has been a primary target for protesters. One of the main "five demands" of Hong Kong's protest movement calls for her resignation.

But both the Hong Kong and Chinese governments have made it clear she isn't going anywhere.

5:56 a.m. ET, August 13, 2019

BREAKING: Hong Kong airport cancels all departing flights

Two travellers react after protesters tried to block them from entering the departures area during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13.
Two travellers react after protesters tried to block them from entering the departures area during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13. Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images

For the second day in a row, Hong Kong International Airport has taken the extraordinary step of canceling all outbound flights due to protesters.

Hong Kong’s Airport Authority told CNN that all outbound flights were cancelled as of 5:15 p.m. (local).

After the announcement was made over intercom, protesters could be heard cheering and yelling pro-democracy phrases including, “Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom” and “Hong Kong, add oil.”

5:56 a.m. ET, August 13, 2019

Check-in suspended at Hong Kong airport for second day in a row

Check-in services have been suspended at Hong Kong International Airport due to protester disruptions, according to a statement published by Cathay Pacific Airways.

Hundreds of protesters have blocked the security check points at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, stopping passengers from reaching their gates.

Cathay Pacific said it was informed by the Airport Authority that all check-in operations were suspended and that “there is a potential for further flights disruptions at short notice.”

The statement warns customers to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong through Wednesday and not to proceed to the airport.