Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

British Airways Cancels Cairo Flights Over Terror Threat

The airline said it was ‘reviewing our security arrangements Camera Icon The airline said it was ‘reviewing our security arrangements
Patty Aguilar | 22 July, 2019, 15:58

Air France, Emirates and Etihad Airways continued to operate flights to Cairo.

One of the passengers said the flight was cancelled when they were about to start boarding.

British Airways and Lufthansa said Saturday ithey suspended flights to Cairo as a security precaution.

"Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Egypt, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR)", it said. Flights from the United Kingdom to other Egyptian airports, including services by tour operators to Red Sea coast resorts, have not been affected.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, travellers said they were left scrambling to rebook flights after they received the notification they described as "unsettling".

The United Kingdom's Foreign Office has updated its advice to British citizens travelling to Egypt and warns of "a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation".

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Three Egyptian airport security sources told the Reuters news agency that British staff had been checking security at Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday. He stressed that the decision is not related to Egypt's security measures at its airports.

Lufthansa, which restarted its service with a slightly-delayed flight LH582 from Frankfurt to Cairo on Sunday, appeared confident its day off has allowed the carrier the proper opportunity to reassess safety conditions. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises against all but essential air travel to the popular Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheik, but no restrictions have yet been made regarding Cairo.

The decision was mirrored by German airline Lufthansa on Saturday.

Yesterday, British Airways ed passengers who were about to board a plane from Heathrow to the Egyptian capital.

Egypt's civil aviation ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.

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