Published on Friday, July 26, 2019

BA resumes flights to Cairo


British Airways is to resume flights to Cairo six days after suspending services due to security concerns.

In a statement, the airline said it had 'reviewed security arrangements' and would restart flights today.

It said on July 20 that it was cancelling them for seven days due to unspecified security issues.

German airline Lufthansa also cancelled flights to Cairo last Saturday but resumed services one day later.

"Following a thorough assessment of the security arrangements, we are pleased that our service to and from Cairo will resume from 26 July," British Airways said.

The airline has one return flight to Cairo from Heathrow every day.

Egypt's aviation minister Younis al Masry had expressed 'dismay' at BA's decision to suspend flights last week with no discussion with the Egyptian authorities.

He met with British ambassador Geoffrey Adams on Sunday and 'expressed his displeasure at British Airways taking a decision unilaterally concerning the security of Egyptian airports' according to a statement.

Speaking to TravelMole, Egyptian State Tourisrt Authority director UK and Ireland, Amr El Ezabi said his country was 'confused' by BA's decision.

UK authorities have banned British airlines from flying to Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh after a bomb was smuggled onto a Russian charter flight from the airport in 2015, but the Foreign Office is not warning against travel to Cairo.

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