CAIRO (Reuters) – British Airways and Lufthansa abruptly suspended flights to Cairo from Saturday over safety considerations, however giving no particulars about what might have prompted the transfer.
British Airways plane are seen at Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
“We continuously evaluation our safety preparations in any respect our airports all over the world, and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to permit for additional evaluation,” British Airways mentioned in a press release.
Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) later mentioned it had canceled its flights to Cairo on Saturday from Munich and Frankfurt and can resume its flights on Sunday
British Airways, a unit of IAG (ICAG.L), additionally mentioned that it will by no means function an plane until it was protected to take action. When requested for extra particulars about why flights had been suspended and what safety preparations the airline was reviewing, a spokeswoman responded: “We by no means focus on issues of safety.”
Three Egyptian airport safety sources instructed Reuters that British workers had been checking safety at Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday. They gave no additional particulars.
The British International Workplace up to date its journey advisory on Saturday so as to add a reference to the British Airways’ suspension, advising vacationers affected to contact the airline.
Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation mentioned in a press release late on Saturday that it had contacted the British Embassy in Cairo which had confirmed that the choice to droop the flights was not issued by Britain’s transport or international ministries.
The Egyptian ministry added that it’s going to add extra flights from Cairo to London beginning on Sunday “to facilitate transporting passengers throughout this era.”
The British authorities has lengthy suggested in opposition to all however important journey by air to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the place a Russian passenger jet was bombed in 2015, however has not issued comparable warnings in opposition to air journey to and from Cairo.
“There’s a heightened danger of terrorism in opposition to aviation. Further safety measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK,” the British advisory says.
Tourism, a key supply of international income for Egypt, has been recovering after vacationer numbers dropped within the wake of a 2011 rebellion and the 2015 bombing of the Russian jet, which killed all 224 individuals on board shortly after takeoff.
That assault, which was claimed by Islamic State, prompted Russia to halt all flights to Egypt for a number of years and a variety of nations together with Britain to stop flights to Sharm el Sheikh, which have but to renew.
Reporting by Lena Masri and Amina Ismail; enhancing by Peter Graff, Diane Craft and G Crosse