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BritishAirways, Lufthansa temporarily suspend flights to Cairo over alleged security concerns

Aviation sources say no airline coordinated or stated the reason for the suspension

BritishAirways suspend all flights to Cairo Airport for seven days citing security precautions, while German carrier Lufthansa similarly announced that it will temporarily suspend flights on Saturdayonly and will resume on and all flights are scheduled to operate.

BritishAirways said in a statement that “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.”

The UK’s Foreign Office updated its advice to travellers to Egypt yesterday advising travellers affected to contact the airline

General Manager Sales Egypt at Lufthansa Group, Sadiq Mohamed told Daily News Egypt that the departing flights tomorrow morning LH587 and LH585 will not operate and that the suspension is temporary.

Meanwhile, sources in the Ministry of Civilian Aviation told Daily News Egypt that the British Embassy in Cairo asserted that the decision to halt flights to Cairo Airport was not issued by the UK Department for Transport or the Foreign Office.

The sources said that Egyptian carrier EgyptAir to send larger aeroplanes to accommodate more passengers travelling from Heathrow Airport to Cairo. They added that British Airways didn’t inform Egyptian officials of any concerns regarding security or safety in the Cairo Airport

Commenting on the incident member of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, Yasser Sultan told Daily News Egypt that “there is no clear reason for halting the BritishAirways flights to Cairo Airport. “

He added that the reason behind halting the flights could be a political rather than a security reason.

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