BA suspends Cairo flights for one week

LONDON, 22 July 2019: British Airways at the weekend cancelled all flights to Cairo, Egypt for seven days as a security precaution.

The cancellation comes at a time when holiday traffic from the UK to Egypt should peak during the annual summer months of July and August.

Australia’s and the US travel advisory services also cautioned that travellers should reconsider their need to travel to Egypt overall.

British Airways cancelled its daily flights to Cairo on Saturday for seven days saying it was a “precaution to allow for further assessment.”

The announcement came as the UK Foreign Office warned citizens travelling to Egypt of a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.”

“There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK,” the Foreign Office said in its updated travel advisory.

Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, cancelled its Saturday service to Cairo, but later resume the service on Sunday.

On its Facebook page, Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said it was in talks with the British Embassy in Egypt regarding the airline’s decision. On Friday, the US State Department updated its travel warning for Egypt, citing “the risks of travel to Egypt due to threats from terrorist and violent political opposition groups.”