British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for seven days
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British Airways says it is suspending flights to Cairo for seven days “as a precaution”.
In a statement, the airline said: “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.
“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so.”
A BA spokeswoman refused to give any further details about the decision and said: “We never discuss matters of security.”
The spokeswoman later added: “We are rebooking customers who wish to travel this week on flights with alternative airlines.
“Customers who no longer wish to travel will be offered a refund.”
It is understood BA made the Department for Transport aware of its decision before it made the announcement.
A government spokesman said: “We are aware that British Airways is notifying passengers that it has decided to suspend flights to Cairo temporarily.”
According to Reuters, who spoke to three Egyptian sources, British staff had checked security measures at Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday.
Passengers due to fly to the Egyptian capital on Saturday night were issued with letters informing them of the airline’s decision.
Cairo airport website’s arrivals page listed flight BA155 from London, due to arrive in Terminal 2 at 11.15pm local time, as cancelled.
The Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential travel by air to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh, but it has not issued similar warnings against air travel to and from Cairo.
Its website says: “An estimated 415,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2018. Most visits are trouble-free.
“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt. Although most attacks occur in North Sinai, there is a risk of terrorist attacks across the country.”