Update: July 22, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. ET
After announcing a temporary ban on flights to Cairo, Lufthansa has resumed operations to the Egyptian capital while British Airways said service would be suspended for another six days as a “precaution.”
According to BBC.com, the United Kingdom Foreign Office expanded on British Airways’ decision to cancel flights, revealing the precautions have been taken due to a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.”
As for other airlines, Egyptair is continuing to fly twice daily between London’s Heathrow Airport and Cairo International Airport. Air France, Emirates and Etihad Airways have also announced they will continue serving the Egyptian city.
Two major international airlines have suspended flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo due to unspecified security concerns.
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According to Reuters.com, British Airways and Lufthansa announced flights to the destination would be suspended for seven days while officials review security protocols at Cairo International Airport.
“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,” a British Airways spokesperson said in a statement Saturday.
Other carriers in the region such as Air France, Emirates and Etihad Airways have announced they will continue serving the city, with all scheduled flights currently operating as planned.
While a full explanation regarding the temporary ban was not revealed, sources told Reuters that British security officials were in Cairo earlier this week going over protocols and examining the safety of the airport.
Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said it is working with English officials on the matter and would add more flights from Cairo to London starting Sunday “to facilitate transporting passengers during this period.”