British Airways Resumes Flights to Cairo Following Safety Concerns
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As of Friday morning, British Airways has resumed flights between London (LHR) and Cairo (CAI), following almost a week-long suspension amid safety fears. The airline took the unusual and unexpected step of immediately cancelling flights last Saturday to ‘allow for further assessment’, with Germany’s Lufthansa quickly following suit, although its suspension lasted for only one day.
British Airways has not disclosed the reason for the suspension, only stating, “Following a thorough assessment of the security arrangements, we are pleased that our service to and from Cairo will resume from Friday. 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”.
Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir was publicly critical of BA’s suspension decision, saying that it was made ‘without a logical reason’. EgyptAir upgauged some of its Heathrow services this week from a narrow-body Boeing 737 to a larger 787 Dreamliner to assist passengers that may have been affected by the BA suspension.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its travel guidelines for Britons traveling to Egypt this week. In the FCO’s latest travel advisory, the office stated the following: “There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK. You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports”.
British Airways operates a daily service on this route using a wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
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