Ticket refund, change policies issued for Hong Kong flights

Chinese airlines have released ticket refund and change polices after nearly all flights were canceled at Hong Kong airport.

Chinese airlines released ticket refund and change polices for flights involving Hong Kong on Tuesday, one day after nearly all flights were canceled due to a protest.

Though Hong Kong International Airport resumed operations on Tuesday, about 370 flights were cancelled as of 3:15pm on Tuesday, according to Xinhua news agency, citing Hong Kong's airport authority.

About 10 Chinese carriers released statements, allowing refunds of tickets purchased on or before Monday. Passengers are also allowed to change to other flights to southern China cities free of charge.

In a statement issued on Tuesday morning, Air China said it cancelled 14 flights on Tuesday and Wednesday, and more might be affected. The flag carrier has increased its capacity between Beijing and the southern city of Shenzhen.

Shanghai-based China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines canceled 10 flights on Tuesday.

Spring Airlines, the nation’s largest budget carrier, and Sichuan Airlines said the rules would apply to discounted tickets that usually allow no refund or change.

Nearly all flights in and out of Hong Kong were canceled on Monday afternoon as protesters descended on the airport.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said that in light of situation in Hong Kong, it will increase transfer capacity in Greater Bay Area airports.

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