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United Airlines to suspend daily flight from Chicago to Hong Kong amid protests

United Airlines to suspend daily flight from Chicago to Hong Kong amid protests
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The protests which have raged for nearly three months now were initially triggered by a now-suspended extradition bill which would allow China to extradite fugitives to the mainland to face trial ther

CHICAGO: US-headquartered United Airlines is suspending its daily flight service from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Hong Kong from next month.

"While our service between the United States and Hong Kong remains a vital part of our network, we have decided to suspend service between ORD (Chicago) and Hong Kong after the return flight from Hong Kong on Sept. 9, 2019," CNN quoted the airlines as saying in a statement.

The ongoing protests in Hong Kong have not been cited as a reason for the flight's cancellation by the airline. The step has been taken due to "reduced demand for travel from Chicago," according to the company.

The protests which have raged for nearly three months now were initially triggered by a now-suspended extradition bill which would allow China to extradite fugitives to the mainland to face trial there.

Even though the bill has now been suspended, the protests have taken a more pro-democracy stance. Demonstrators have also called for an inquiry into alleged police brutality.

Apart from the Chicago-Hong Kong route suspension, United Airlines had previously announced the suspension of services between Guam International Airport (GUM) and Hong Kong from October 14.

However, the airlines will be adding a second flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong in addition to its existing service from fall this year.

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