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British Airways and Lufthansa suspend flights to Cairo for security reasons



British Airways and Lufthansa announced Saturday that they are temporarily suspending flights to the Egyptian capital of Cairo due to unspecified safety concerns.

The British airline announced that it would cancel flights to the Egyptian capital for a week. The German airline announced that normal operation would resume on Sunday.

"We are constantly reviewing our security arrangements at all of our airports worldwide and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days to allow further assessment," BA said in a statement to Fox News.

  British Airways ceased flights to the Egyptian capital of Cairo for a week due to unspecified safety concerns.

British Airways ceased flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for one week for unspecified security concerns.
(British Airways)

The airline did not investigate the reason for the abrupt suspension, adding that it would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe. A spokeswoman for the airline said, "We never discuss security issues" when asked, which prompted the move.

Lufthansa said she was taking precautionary steps in her flights, calling it "safety" but not "safety". Company spokespeople would not elaborate on what motivated the suspensions. Lufthansa spokesman Tal Muscal said the company has two flights a day to Cairo, one each from Frankfurt and Munich.

The British Foreign Office updated its travelogue with a warning about the airline's decision. It is estimated that an estimated 415,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2018 and most of the visits were "easy".

It is not recommended to travel to the South Sinai region in the Sharm el Sheikh region, where a bomb crashed a Russian plane in 2015 and in areas west of the Nile Valley and the Nile Delta.

The agency also warned travelers that terrorists are likely to launch attacks in Egypt, most of them in northern Sinai.

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"Terrorists have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past," the travelogue states.

Messages left for the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation were not returned immediately on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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