British Airways Suspends Flights to Cairo Due to Terrorism Concerns
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British Airways have suspended all flights to Cairo, Egypt (CAI) for a week amid heightened terrorism concerns. The BBC is reporting that passengers are currently stranded at London-Heathrow (LHR) airport with the airline issuing £5 vouchers for meals.
British Airways operates a single daily round-trip flight between its hub at London-Heathrow (LHR) and Cairo International Airport (CAI). The following flights are cancelled for the next week:
- British Airways flight BA155 from London (LHR) to Cairo (CAI)
- British Airways flights BA154 from Cairo (CAI) to London (LHR)
British Airways released the following statement regarding the airline’s decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital for a week:
“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.”
Aviation security in Egypt has long been a concern. In 2015, a Russian charter flight was the target of a terrorist bombing which killed all 224 passengers and crew on board. According to Control Risks, a private security consulting firm, a risk assessment was conducted following the 2015 bombing.
Additionally AIN reports that in 2018, Egyptian authorities spend over £59 million GBP to improve airport security. Though airport security was improved in 2018, the UK continued to restrict flights in the region.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced new guidelinesfor Britons traveling to Egypt. 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.”
It is unclear if a single threat or a combination of threats led to British Airways’ decision to suspend flights to Cairo, Egypt for the next week. As of 22:30 London-time, no other European carrier has suspended or cancelled flights to Egyptian cities.
Passengers that are impacted by flight cancellations to and from Cairo should contact British Airways directly. Alternative flights on British Airways are not available as all flights to Cairo will remain suspended for the next 7 days. Alternative flights may be available on other airlines, however, British Airways may not be obligated to rebook stranded passengers on other airlines.
The Points Guy UK will continue to monitor developments and provide updates as they are made available.
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