Because of security concerns, British Airways has stopped all flights to Cairo for a week. The Lufthansa flights from Munich and Frankfurt to Cairo also stayed on Saturday, but on Sunday the Jets return to the Egyptian capital.
As justification, British Airways said on Saturday night only, the safety of passengers and crew members have top priority. It is a precautionary measure in the context of security checks routinely carried out in all the airports addressed, a British Airways spokeswoman said. According to reports from Egyptian airport security officials, British agents checked Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday. No details were disclosed here either. An official statement of the air traffic control did not exist at first.
Similarly, Lufthansa commented before releasing the routes; the situation will be evaluated. Shortly thereafter, the airline supplemented the message by a sentence with the gelatinous resumption of flights: "morning (Sunday), the regular flight operations will be resumed and all flights are scheduled to be carried out." One reason for the cancellation and the subsequent rethinking called Lufthansa not.
Great Britain: Terrorism Danger in Air Traffic with Egypt
The Department of Foreign Affairs added to the travel advice to Egypt on Saturday with the recent development and calls on affected passengers to contact British Airways. In its travel warnings for Egypt, it also points to an increased threat of terrorism in aviation. For a long time, it has advised against taking urgent trips to the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh, where in 2015 a Russian plane crashed shortly after the start of the bombing of the IS militia. All 224 inmates died. A similar note for the capital Cairo is not available from the State Department.
The Foreign Office in Berlin has only a partial travel warning for Egypt on its website, which warns against travel to the north of the Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian-Israeli border area (with the exception of Taba) and remote areas of the Sahara.
The Egyptian Air Ministry said it was in agreement with the British Embassy and British Airways representative in Cairo. At the same time, the capacity for its own EgyptAir flights to London has been increased. For Sunday, an additional flight to London Heathrow is planned.
Photos of concerned BA passengers were circulating on the Internet, revealing how airline employees appeared to be handing out flyers with a similar statement to the official announcement to customers. Last year, an estimated 415,000 Britons visited Egypt.