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United Airlines suspends service between Chicago and Hong Kong



"While our service between the United States and HKG (Hong Kong) remains an important part of our network, we have decided to discontinue service between ORD (Chicago) and HKG following the return from HKG on September 9, 2019," said the company in a statement.

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United Airlines did not cite ongoing protests in Hong Kong as a reason to cancel the direct route. Instead, the airline said it has seen "a reduced demand for travel from Chicago." Despite the suspension between Chicago and Hong Kong, "United is still HKG's largest US airline," the company added.
Hong Kong has been facing mass demonstrations for almost three months. The protests were triggered by a now suspended bill that would allow refugees to be extradited to China, where there is a separate judicial system. Since then, the movement has expanded to include an investigation into alleged police brutality and universal suffrage in the city, which currently has only partial democracy.
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The majority of protests have been peaceful, but groups of protesters closed the city's international airport two days earlier this month.

United also plans to stop the service between Guam International Airport (GUM) and Hong Kong starting October 14, a change previously announced.

At the same time, United Airlines confirmed to CNN that it will add a second flight between San Francisco and Hong Kong this fall to complement its existing service. "We look forward to our upcoming addition," the company added.


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