Opinion | The cost of disruption
The Hong Kong airport, one of the world's busiest, has been the site of protests for five straight days
Images of swelling crowds on the streets of Hong Kong are inescapable these days. While these protests against increasing Chinese control of the city have been on for a while, the authorities’ closure of Hong Kong airport on Monday still came as a rude shock. The airport authorities cited “disruption" as the reason, a reference to protestors storming terminals and causing chaos. But was that reason enough? Hong Kong’s airport is considered to be one of the world’s ten most busiest—the eighth, by one count—and it serves one of the eastern hemisphere’s biggest financial centres. Any isolation has the potential to spread panic among market traders.