Airline company Cathay Pacific has been hit hard by new demonstrations at Hong Kong airport Chek Lap Kok. Almost all flights to and from the airport were canceled during the afternoon. The Cathay share fell on the Hong Kong stock exchange to the lowest level since June 2009.
Cathay has been suffering from the ongoing demonstrations for months. China aimed its arrows at the Hong Kong airline after, among other things, a pilot of the airline was arrested during a demonstration. Trade union associations also expressed their support for the protests.
China then wanted to know from Cathay which staff members are flying to mainland China. Beijing also wanted protesting Cathay employees to be tackled. Hong Kong society initially said it had nothing to say about the political opinions of its staff, but it was already tied up a few days later.