British Airways, Lufthansa Suspend Cairo Flights, Citing Security Risks

By Jesse Sokolow on 20 July 2019
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IMG_8078British Airways and Lufthansa separately on Saturday the cancellation of all flights to Cairo, a day after the British government warned of a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.”

BA said it was suspending flights for seven days, while Lufthansa said it would resume flights on Sunday.

“We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world,” British Airways said in a statement, “and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment.” Lufthansa termed it “a precaution due to an unclear security situation in Cairo.”

The move happened so quickly it reportedly took passengers at a departure gate in London by surprise. Officials at Cairo International Airport were also caught unaware.

On Friday, the British Foreign Office updated travel advice for Egypt and urged people to avoid “all but essential” travel to a wide swath of the country ““due to continuing criminal activity and terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths.”

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