Hong Kong protests have ripple effect on N.J.-area airports

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Air travelers flying to and from Hong Kong may get some relief from flight cancelations and delays caused by protests there that led to the airport’s closure Monday.

Hong Kong airport officials will restart flights at 6 a.m. Tuesday after operations were shut down Monday when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators occupied the main terminal.

All flights Monday that had not completed check-in procedures by afternoon were canceled, as were arriving flights that had not yet taken off.

That includes United Airlines flights that connect Hong Kong to Newark Airport and JFK. Two flights between Hong Kong and Guam were canceled Monday, said Kimberly Gibbs, a United spokeswoman.

Two other flights from Chicago to Hong Kong and New York to Hong Kong were expected to arrive as scheduled, she said. A San Francisco flight landed in Hong Kong earlier Monday with no issues, Gibbs said.

“Our team is making arrangements for our customers to complete their journeys,” Gibbs said. “United Airlines will closely monitor the situation and provide flight status updates to our customers.”

Hong Kong has experienced more than two months of mass protests calling for democratic reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct in the wake of proposed legislation that would have sent people accused of a crime to mainland China for trial. That bill was withdrawn.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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