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PSA: Hong Kong Airlines cancels ALL flights from October 5 onwards from San Francisco to Manila

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I got an email from my travel agency. I don't know if this affects other flights that they service or just from SFO to MNL. My wife says that this is normal operating procedure for the Chinese to cancel the flights if they didn't sell enough tickets to make it profitable. So, I had a really good deal that I booked way back in May for travel starting in November. I had to re-book at another airline and of course the next cheapest rate is at least $400 more (for all 4 of us) w/ another airline. Thanks HKA. BTW, refunds from HKA take 6-8 weeks for them to get fully processed.

Here's part of the email I received:

Hi Mr./Ms. Ablang,

Greetings from Mangotours!

This is regarding your flight via Hong Kong Airlines from San Francisco to Manila on 27Nov - 27Dec which was affected by flight cancellation due to operational requirements. All flights from and to San Francisco were cancelled from October 5 onwards. Here are your possible options regarding the said cancellation:

Rebook before 05Oct 2019 with the same routing and same airline
Full refund of unused flight segments

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does this have to do with the recent protests in Hong Kong?
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Hong Kong Airport has announced that all flights out of the city have been cancelled.

All flights out of Hong Kong have been cancelled for Monday after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the airport terminal building.

Incoming flights are reportedly also being diverted or cancelled.

Demonstrators flooded into one of the world's busiest airports holding signs reading "Hong Kong is not safe" and "Don't blame us. Blame the Gov."

Some passengers arrived at the airport to find no Cathay Pacific staff anywhere in the terminal.

Rumours spread among protesters that riot police were to conduct a clearance operation later in the evening.

According to reports, one protester had her right eye ruptured caused by a bean bag round fired by police.

The Hong Kong protests were sparked by the now-shelved extradition bill which would have allowed the transfer of fugitives to mainland China.

Currently, as a special administrative region, Hong Kong is distinct from mainland China and maintains a separate governing and legal system under the "one country, two systems" principle.

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does this have to do with the recent protests in Hong Kong?
My wife believes this to be the case and thinks that more cancellations will come in the future affecting others routes involved w/ Hong Kong Airlines.
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does this have to do with the recent protests in Hong Kong?
I doubt it. It makes no sense to cancel flights starting 2 months from now since the protests are happening now. From what OP said about money, it's a business decision. It has nothing to do with the protests. If it did, why would they only cancel one route instead of all routes? Also it really doesn't make sense since if you look at the email the OP got from the travel agent, since the option they give him is to rebook the same route with the same airline. OP just got a pretty standard flight cancellation.
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It's true that this cancellation is unrelated to the recent protests; HK Airlines is terminating service to SFO altogether on October 4, which is why they are advising to rebook for a date before the 5th.

See: https://onemileatatime.com/hong-kong-airlines-ending-san-francisco-flights/
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I had to re-book a different route w/ a different airline. Of course the new deal wasn't as cheap as the original deal.
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