Mass protests throughout the weekend led to the cancellation of all flights departing from Hong Kong International Airport on Monday. The airport became a focal point for the summer-long protest movement after the Chinese government banned Cathay Pacific employees who are involved in the protests from staffing the flights bound for the mainland.
Hong Kong-to-mainland flights account for one fifth of the airline’s operations. On Monday, the stock price of the city’s flag carrier fell nearly 5%, its biggest single-day drop in three years.
As of 2018, Hong Kong Airport was the world’s largest for cargo traffic and the eighth largest in terms of passenger traffic.