British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for seven days

British Airways and Lufthansa (DE: LHAG ) abruptly suspended their flights to Cairo on Saturday due to security concerns, without giving details about what motivated the decision.

“We constantly review our security agreements at all of our airports around the world and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow additional assessments,” British Airways said in a statement.

Lufthansa said later on Saturday it canceled its flights to Cairo from Munich and Frankfurt and will resume them on Sunday.

British Airways, a unit of IAG (MC: ICAG ), also said that it would never operate an aircraft unless it is safe to do so. When the company was asked for more details on the reason for the suspension of flights and what security arrangements it was reviewing, a spokeswoman responded: “We never discussed safety issues.”

Three Egyptian airport sources told Reuters that British personnel were checking security at the Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday. They did not give more details.

The British Foreign Ministry on Saturday updated its recommendation to travelers to add a reference to the suspension of British Airways flights, recommending affected passengers to contact the airline.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation of Egypt said in a statement on Saturday afternoon that it had contacted the British Embassy in Cairo, which confirmed that the decision to suspend flights was not issued by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs or Transport. UK.

The Egyptian Ministry added that it will add more flights between Cairo and London starting on Sunday “to facilitate the transportation of passengers during this period.”

The British government has long recommended avoiding non-essential air travel to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where a passenger plane was shot down in 2015, but has not issued a similar alert for flights to and from El Salvador. Cairo.

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