British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for 7 days as ‘precaution’

British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for 7 days as ‘precaution’

British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for 7 days as ‘precaution’

Following the bomb explosion that destroyed a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai peninsula in October 2015 after it had departed Sharm El Sheikh airport, the United Kingdom was one of a number of countries to temporarily suspend flights to and from the country.

A Government spokesman said: "We are aware that British Airways is notifying passengers that it has chose to suspend flights to Cairo temporarily".

A BA spokeswoman said customers who still wished to travel would be rebooked on flights with alternative airlines or offered a refund. They provided no further details.

The announcement came as the UK Foreign Office warned citizens traveling to Egypt of a "heightened risk of terrorism against aviation".

The airline has cited security concerns as the reason for stopping all flights to the Nile River city.

Three Egyptian airport security sources told Reuters that British staff had been checking security at Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday.

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The British government has long advised against all but essential travel by air to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where a Russian passenger jet was bombed in 2015, but has not issued similar warnings against air travel to and from Cairo. Before regular flights between Moscow and Cairo were resumed in April 2018, Egypt had to seriously enhance security at airports.

Messages left for Egypt's civil aviation ministry were not immediately returned Saturday.

BBC Afrique's Pierre-Antoine Denis, in Cairo, reports that all other airlines that use the airport are operating normally.

British Airways informed passengers, who arrived at Heathrow for their flight earlier today, of the news by letter which gave the same statement. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the United Kingdom, "the Foreign Office said in its updated travel advisory".

"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt. Although most attacks occur in North Sinai, there is a risk of terrorist attacks across the country".

The move - also taken by Australia's Qantas, Dutch carrier KLM, Emirates, Germany's Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines - followed the downing of a United States drone by Iran.

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