Tuesday, December 10, 2019

British Airways suspended flights to Cairo


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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]

British Airways announced the suspension of its airline operations to Cairo for seven days beginning from Saturday, as a security measure.

Airlines from Germany, Lufthansa also took the same action, when suspending flights from Munich and Frankfurt to Cairo, for one day, yesterday, without giving any reason.

A spokeswoman for Lufthansa said the flight schedule would be operating as usual today.

British Airways said they would not be back in operation until it was confident to do so, especially in terms of security.

“We are constantly monitoring the security level at all airports we visit around the world, and decide to suspend operations to Cairo for a week, as a security measure to enable reevaluation to be implemented.

“After all, the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we will not operate until it is safe for us to do so,” the airline said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, said they were in charge of the issue with the British embassy in Cairo, as well as with British Airways representatives.

At the same time, the ministry said Egypt Air would hold additional flights to London daily to carry stranded passengers.

Some of the affected passengers have also uploaded several photos on social media, showing a letter, received from British Airways on the matter.

The British government also issued travel advice to the people who wanted to visit Egypt.

“There is a risk of terrorist attacks on the aviation sector, stated in the travel advisory.

“Some additional steps have been taken on aircraft departing from Egypt to the United Kingdom.

“You are advised to give full cooperation to security officials at the airport,” said London’s overseas office.

It is estimated that some 415,000 Britons visited Egypt in 2018.

Read also: Longer term for Sisi in Egypt

Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]

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