British Airways announced Saturday that flights to Cairo were being canceled for seven days “as a precaution to allow for further assessment.” The announcement came as the UK Foreign Office warned citizens traveling to Egypt of a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.”
British Airways said the safety and security of its customers and crew were its priority.
“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,” the airline said.
The UK Foreign Office said affected passengers should contact the airline.
Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, said Saturday it also was suspending fights to Cairo, but later said flights would resume on Sunday. A company spokesperson would not comment on what information the airline received that prompted it to cancel Saturday’s flights.
In a statement released on its official Facebook page on Saturday, Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said the decision to suspend British Airways flights to Cairo was not “issued by the British Ministry of Transport or the British Foreign Office.”
The ministry is in talks with the British Embassy in Egypt regarding the airline’s decision, according to the post.
On Friday, the US State Departmentupdated its travel warning for Egypt, citing “the risks of travel to Egypt due to threats from terrorist and violent political opposition groups” and that “terrorist attacks can occur anywhere in the country, including major metropolitan areas.”
The UK, US and other countries have issued travel warnings for Egypt, citing ongoing political unrest and the potential for terror attacks.