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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protests deal blow to Asia's hub airport

Nearby Shenzhen is beneficiary as travelers look to sidestep chaos

Travelers walk through protesters at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug. 13.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- The protests in Hong Kong that virtually shut down the local airport risk causing lasting damage to the city's status as one of Asia's major transportation hubs.

The number of flight reservations to Hong Kong made in Asian countries outside of  mainland China and Taiwan fell 20% on the year between mid-June and early August, data from Forwardkeys shows. Between mid-July and early August, when clashes intensified, bookings dropped off 33%.

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