British Airways resumes Cairo flights after security review

British Airways’ Cairo service from Heathrow is being re-established today (Friday) after a security review.

The airline abruptly suspended flights to the Egyptian capital on Saturday amid unspecified security concerns.

The airline originally said that flights would be halted for seven days.

But BA said last night: “Following a thorough assessment of the security arrangements, we are pleased that our service to and from Cairo will resume from Friday.

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“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so.”

Lufthansa also suspended flights to Cairo from Munich and Frankfurt just for last Saturday.

The airlines gave little explanation as to what triggered the moves.

Egypt’s aviation minister, Younis Al-Masry, had expressed “displeasure” at the decision.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice continues to warn of a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation”, adding: “Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK. You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports.”

An estimated 415,000 British travellers visited Egypt in 2018.

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