Two airlines abruptly cancelled all flights to Cairo, Egypt amid safety concerns.
What We Know:
- The suspension came as the British government issued a travel warning for Egypt on Saturday. The warning stated there is a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation,” ABC News reported.
- The two airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa, have released vague statements explaining the cancelations.
- British Airways released a statement saying, “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.”
- “As safety is the number one priority of Lufthansa, the airline has temporarily suspended its flights to Cairo today as a precaution, while further assessment is being made. We do not have any additional information at this time,” stated Lufthansa.
Currently about to board a @British_Airways flight to Cairo and it’s cancelled. Not for a day. Not for two days but for seven. Security risk. Someone knows something we don’t. pic.twitter.com/oGQsSByP35
— Shanghai (@shanghai_dan) July 20, 2019
ABC News reported that Egypt’s Minister of Aviation, Younes El Masry, told the British Ambassador to Cairo, Geoffrey Adams, he was “dismayed by the unilateral decision to suspend flights,” during a meeting.
- Adams stated the decision was “not related to security measures at Egyptian airports.”
- Lufthansa will resume flights to Cairo on Sunday. BA’s suspension will continue for seven days.
We will continue to follow this story.