British Airways, Lufthansa suspend flights to Cairo over ‘security concerns’
British Airways and Lufthansa have temporarily suspended flights to Cairo for security reasons.
British Airways said its services to and from the Egyptian capital would be canceled for seven days “as a precaution”.
“We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment,” BA said in a statement.
The spokeswoman later added: “We are rebooking customers who wish to travel this week on flights with alternative airlines.
A few hours afterward Germany’s Lufthansa was reported to have suspended its flights to Cairo.
“As safety is the number one priority of Lufthansa, the airline has temporarily suspended its flights to Cairo today as a precaution, while further assessment is being made”, a Lufthansa spokesperson said.
According to Reuters, who spoke to three Egyptian sources, British staff had checked security measures at Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday.
The UK Foreign Office on Friday updated its advice for Britons traveling to Egypt.
The advice includes the warning: “There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK.”
On October 31, 2015, an Airbus A321 operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia was detonated mid-air by Muslim terrorists, above the northern Sinai following its departure from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, en route to Saint Petersburg. All 224 passengers and crew who were on board were killed.
Hundreds of Muslim terrorists have been eliminated by the Egyptian army, backed by police and other security forces since it launched a wide-scale operation in February 2018 aimed at eradicating terrorists, mostly members of ISIS or related Muslim terror groups in the Sinai peninsula. The operation is still ongoing.